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Section 4: Access, utilization, and cost of services

4.3. Does level of education affect use of mental health services?

Level of education has a large impact of the use of mental health services for those with a mental health disability. Only 21.0% of non-high school graduates with mental health disabilities received mental health services. In contrast, about twice as many college graduates with mental health disabilities received mental health services (42.4%). High school graduates were in between, with 32.6% receiving services.

Among those with mental health disabilities, those who have more education are more likely to receive treatment.

Figure 23 (see data table for text-only version)

Figure 23: Percentage of people with mental health disability receiving mental health services, by level of education

Source: Kaye (2001)

Surveys: NHIS_D, 1994-95

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