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Behavioral Health in U.S. Is Improving, Says SAMHSA Report

In its most recent National Behavioral Health Barometer report, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) highlights many important trends in behavioral health across the nation. Results from the report suggest the behavioral health of the United States is improving. The Barometer reports no change in the level of adults seeking treatment for serious mental illness, which remained constant in 2013 and 2014.

The 2015 Barometer findings cover key behavioral healthcare issues affecting American communities, including the prevalence rates of adult serious mental illness, substance use, suicidal thoughts, and people seeking treatment for these disorders.

For comparative purposes, the Barometer also includes trend-comparable data from several national surveys and provides insight on the current status of behavioral health nationally and by state.

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