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Director: Mark Rosenberg, MD, PhD, President, Behavioral Health Management, Inc. 
 

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Prevalence of the Problem

n      In any given year 28-30% of the US Population have a diagnosable mental illness or addictive disorder

n      18.8 million adults, or 9.5% of the US population over the age of 18 suffer from a mood disorder

n      The US Surgeon General reports that 10% of children and adolescents in the US suffer from Behavioral Health Disorders

n      The World Health Organization reports that 4 out of 10 leading causes of disability in developed countries is mental illness

n      By 2020 Major Depressive Illness will be the leading cause of disability in the world for women and children

 

The Impact on Primary Care:

n      Primary care providers now furnish over half of mental health treatment in this country (World Health Organization)

n      25% of all primary care patients have diagnosable mental disorders most commonly anxiety and depression (World Health Organization)

n      Researchers have estimated that 50-70% of a physicians normal caseload consists of patients whose medical ailments are psychologically related (VandenBos, The use of psychotherapy to improve mental health)

n      A 30% reduction in mental health services at a large Connecticut corporation triggered a 37% increase in Primary Care use and sick leave (Yale Bulletin and Calendar, Sept. 20-27, 1999)

n      A mere 5% of those suffering from a mental disorder see a mental health professional (Lechnyr, R. (1993) EAP Digest, 22.)

n      11-36% of all primary care physician visits involved patients with diagnosable psychiatric disorders (New England Journal of Medicine, 326, 1080-1083)

n      A large majority of patients with mental health problems are treated in primary care facilities, and are multi-users of care

n      Approximately 10% of adults suffer from anxiety disorder.  Only of these receive treatment, and those that do usually receive treatment in a general medical setting rather than a mental health setting (Altrocchi, J. Antonuccio, D. Basta, R. & Danton, W.G. 1994 Non Drug Treatment of Anxiety.  American Family Physician, 10, 161-6)

 

Solutions to the Problem

n      Current and reformatory health care policies should make the effort to integrate mental health into the primary care setting

n      Improve access to diagnosis and treatment

n      Removal of reimbursement barriers allowing primary care providers to

n      Screen for mental health issues

n      Assess and furnish care to those with mild or moderate disorders

n      Form strong working links with mental health specialists for complex cases (HealthCare Reform issue Brief by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law)

 

For more information or to become involved in the NAMCP Behavioral Health Resource Center,
please contact Katie Eads at 804-527-1905 or keads@namcp.org