Highlighting Important Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Treatment, Grant Information

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed 51 new short reports providing key information about the level of substance abuse and mental health problems prevalent in the population (age 12 and older) of each state and the District of Columbia.

The reports also provide data on treatment facilities and admission data for each state and the District of Columbia, as well as the funding each state and the District of Columbia received from SAMHSA.

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Entitled "States in Brief," the reports provide the following information for each individual state and the District of Columbia through a variety of charts, graphs and accompanying text:

* Prevalence of illicit substance and alcohol use
* Number and type of substance abuse treatment facilities
* Numbers and trends on those seeking treatment for substance abuse
* Levels of those needing, but not receiving substance abuse treatment
* Levels of underage smoking
* Mental health indicators
* SAMHSA funding, both under block and formula grants

In addition, the reports cover highlights how a state compares relative to the other states in terms of prevalence rates for various types of illicit substance and alcohol use.

Much of the data included in these "States in Brief" reports is drawn from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health – a SAMHSA-sponsored annual survey of approximately 67,500 people throughout the country. Additional sources of information include SAMHSA's Treatment Episode Data Set and its National Survey on Substance Abuse Treatment Services.

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