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National Council Survey Executive Summary

Mental illness is a significant and widespread problem that disproportionately affects poor, uninsured and underinsured populations.

  • 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in a given year.
  • 10 million adults are coping with serious mental illness.
  • 5.1 million adults have unmet mental health needs.
  • 17% adults with mental illness remain uninsured.
  • Among those living below FPL, mental illnesses are move severe, last longer and have worse outcomes.
  • Nonadherence to psychotropic medications is common; cost is a contributing factor.
  • In 2012, 60% of uninsured Americans with a chronic condition skipped medication due to cost.

Americares and the National Council for Behavioral Health partnered to conduct a national landscape survey to collect information on needs around access to psychotropic medications for clients served and technical assistance for behavioral health organizations. 

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