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Mental Health Indicator Parity: Integrating National, State, and Local Data

  • Deepak Prabhakar
  • Raquel Y. Qualls-Hampton
  • Rachael Jackson
  • Kathryn M. Cardarelli
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Part of the Community Quality-of Life Indicators book series (CQLI, volume 2)

Abstract

To successfully move into the new millennium, President George W. Bush commissioned healthcare providers and advocates as well as policy makers to transform the current delivery of mental health services in the United States. This chapter addresses the need to assess the demographic characteristics of individuals who experience mental illness. We compiled available mental health data to describe the prevalence of mental illness in Dallas County and in Texas, with comparisons to national rates. This report presents mental health indicators for the United States, Texas, and Dallas County by age, race/ethnicity, education, and poverty level, where available. Because the methods for collecting the data were different, comparisons of state and local data with the national level data should be made with caution. This chapter is intended to assist researchers, policymakers, and service providers in employing consistent measure of mental health disorders that will allow comparisons at the local, state, and national levels. These efforts represent the beginning of a process of responding to mental health and illness in our community to better serve affected individuals and their families.

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Mental Health Mental Health Service Mental Health Disorder Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Serious Mental Illness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deepak Prabhakar
    • 1
  • Raquel Y. Qualls-Hampton
    • 2
  • Rachael Jackson
    • 3
  • Kathryn M. Cardarelli
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral NeurosciencesWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  2. 2.University of Illinois at ChicagoNorth TexasChicago
  3. 3.Associate Director of the CenterUniversity of North Texas Health ScienceNorth TexasChicago
  4. 4.Department of EpidemiologyUniversity of Texas-Houston SchoolTexas-HoustonSouth Dallas

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