[Vision2020] 12 States Struggling With Mental Illness

Darrell Keim keim153 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 25 14:23:54 PDT 2016

I wish I was optimistic like your final paragraph is, Ken.  Truth is, in
2009/10 the state decimated their services. Literally decimated.  They're
just starting to recover.

On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 1:57 PM, Kenneth Marcy <kmmos1 at frontier.com> wrote:

> 12 States Struggling With Mental Illness
> *http://tinyurl.com/js4np5l <http://tinyurl.com/js4np5l> *
> Close to 10 million Americans suffer from chronic depression, bipolar
> disorder, or another serious mental illness. Depression alone is the
> leading cause of disability worldwide. In the United States, mental illness
> — including depression — takes an enormous toll on health outcomes, quality
> of life, and economic productivity.
> Despite its importance, mental illness is often poorly understood and
> subject to misperceptions by the general population, government officials,
> and even those who suffer from mental illness. Partially as a consequence,
> just under one-third of individuals with serious mental illness — defined
> as diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders that result in
> functional impairment — are untreated in the United States. In 2014, an
> estimated 44.7% of the 43.6 million adults with any mental illness, and
> 68.5% of the 9.8 million adults with serious mental illness received mental
> health services in the past year.
> 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 12 states where the highest shares of the adult
> population suffers from serious mental illness.
> More of the article at the link: *http://tinyurl.com/js4np5l
> <http://tinyurl.com/js4np5l> *
> *7. Idaho > Pct. of adults with serious mental illness:* 4.9%
> *> Total adults with serious mental illness:* 59,000 (12th lowest)
> *> Pct. of adults abusing alcohol or illicit drugs:* 9.1% (23rd highest)
> *> Poverty rate:* 15.6% (20th highest)
> In Idaho, 20.3% of adults have some sort of mental disorder, including
> serious mental illnesses as well as less severe mental disorders, one of
> the largest shares in the country and considerably more than the 17.8%
> share of American adults suffering from a mental illness. Of the state’s
> mentally ill residents, roughly 59,000 suffer from a serious mental illness
> — schizophrenia, severe depression, and other disorder that can cause
> severe functional impairment.
> Perhaps because mental illness is more common in Idaho than in much of the
> rest of the country, the state is investing more in treatment programs.
> While many states are reducing funding for mental health services, Idaho’s
> Mental Health Services department’s budget has increased in each of the
> last three years, one of only 12 states to do so.
> Ken
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