Behavioral health disorders affect nearly one in five Americans and have community-wide impacts. Despite the prevalence of these disorders, behavioral health care needs often go unmet. In 2016, only 43 percent of the 44.7 million adults with any mental health disorder received treatment, and less than 11 percent of adults with a substance use disorder received treatment (see Chart 1). Hospitals' roles in their communities as providers of emergency, inpatient and outpatient care, as well as their relationships with community-based organizations, have made them central to addressing community-wide behavioral health care needs. Many are designing and implementing innovative strategies that support efforts to improve care, promote population health and lower costs of health care. This TrendWatch shares ways that hospitals and health systems are identifying and addressing behavioral health care needs in their communities, the strategies they are using to increase access and the barriers to broader progress. The report explores how unmet behavioral health care needs among adults have increased demands on hospitals and health systems across the continuum of care. The TrendWatch also shares the findings from four case studies, showcasing Cambridge Health Alliance (Somerville, Mass.), Lee Health (Fort Myers, Fla.), Mission Health (Asheville, N.C.) and PeaceHealth (Friday Harbor, Wash.) and how they are increasing access to care and advancing value for patients, providers and communities.
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