Looking for data? Writing a paper or a brochure? Preparing a presentation? Look here for current statistics on every aspect of mental health and substance abuse.
U.S. Government data sources:
SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
SAMHSA,s three agency websites maintain data files on the numbers of people using or needing to use the Nation's network of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services. SAMHSA's data-gathering operations help to determine the numbers of people at risk for mental and addictive disorders; their access to preventive services; treatment and other intervention services available in communities to people experiencing mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders; dollars available per capita; and many other variables. SAMHSA also assesses what treatments works for whom; examines what makes quality care; and determines whether needs and services are a good fit. Data are available from:
SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies
SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS) provides the latest national data on (1) alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drug abuse, (2) drug related emergency department episodes and medical examiner cases, and (3) the nation's substance abuse treatment system. http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/oas.html
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Statistics on the prevalence of many mental health conditions, compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health.
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA Infofax, Research, and NIDA Notes - comprehensive data on drug abuse and related issues.
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
ETOH Database, Quick Facts, and other Research on alcoholism and alcohol abuse.
Other sources of mental health and substance abuse data:
Children’s Action Alliance
Facts and publications related to the health status of children and adolescents. Primary focus is on Arizona; however, some national and other state data is included.
Indiana Prevention Resource Center
National and international statistics on substance abuse.
Data on substance abuse consumption, injuries, rates and trends, prevention, treatment , criminal penalties, public policy, laws, and substances. Information can be used to create user-specific fact sheets on substance abuse.
Links to sites providing statistics and searchable databases on substance abuse and mental health-related topics, including domestic violence, child abuse, psychiatric disabilities, and many more.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive
Includes a list of substance-abuse and mental-health surveys and studies.
Substance Abuse Research and Disability Issues (SARDI)
SARDI's mission is to conduct research, provide collaborative consultation and treatment, and conduct training on substance abuse and disability conditions. The three major components of SARDI are:
RRTC on Drugs and Disability
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Drugs and Disability (RRTC), funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), addresses substance abuse issues among individuals qualifying for vocational rehabilitation services.
Consumer Advocacy Model
The collaborative, community based, seamless treatment service delivery component of SARDI is the Consumer Advocacy Model (CAM) Program. CAM was developed for people with substance abuse and at least one severe co-existing disability.
PALS, an award-winning model for substance abuse prevention, involves training activities based on our manual, Adapting Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Education for Youth with Disabilities. Those activities serve to enhance educators' knowledge and understanding of violence, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (VATOD) issues for youth with disabilities. It trains educators how to modify existing curricula to better serve the needs of their students.
Other Data and Statistics Resources:
Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program
People receiving mental health services, and people managing and providing those services, have questions about who's providing the best services at the best price, who needs services, what the best treatments are for different kinds of problems, or who has the friendliest staff.
To answer any of these questions, people need dependable information. That's what MHSIP is about--mental health information (or data), how to collect it, what needs to be collected, where to find what others have collected, how to understand what you find, how to report it so other people can understand it, and how to use it to make decisions.