Each year, only 38.5% of people with a mental health condition are able to get treatment, according to testimony by Administrator Pamela Hyde of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at a congressional hearing yesterday. In fact, the average length of time between identification of a mental health condition and first treatment is 8-10 years.
The hearing witnesses testified that this shocking situation is due in part to a lack of public education about mental illness and barriers to accessing treatment in the community mental health system. Please help the National Council win President Obama’s support for mental health treatment by signing this petition. We need 16,500 more signatures by February 2 to receive an official response from the White House – please sign on to help us reach our goal!
Right now, we have a powerful opportunity to build political support for mental health and addiction treatment. For the first time in years, Congress has been holding a series of hearings on how to improve the U.S. behavioral healthcare system. Congress is listening – now is the time to act!