66% of NJ Adults With Mental Illness Get No Treatment

They Need Employment and Supportive
Housing in Addition to Treatment

2013 Behavioral Health Barometer for New JerseyThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a 2013 Behavioral Health Barometer for New Jersey. This first edition of the report is a snapshot of behavioral health for our state.

The report examines:

  • Youth Substance Abuse,
  • Youth Mental Health and Treatment,
  • Mental Health and Treatment,
  • Substance Abuse and
  • Substance Use Treatment.

Findings include that

  • 3.1% of adults experienced serious mental illness between 2011-2012; yet
  • Between 2008-2012, 65.5% of adults with serious mental illness did not receive mental health treatment; and
  • 36.3% of adult mental health consumers who are served in the state public health system were not employed.

Although the report does not mention housing, what do these statistics mean as far the employment services and supportive housing needs of adults with serious mental illness? Could a combination of mental health treatment, employment services supportive housing be what these individual needs to recover?

Click here for the full report.