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Chartbook on Mental Health and Disability

Table of Contents

Foreword by Steven Tingus


Preface - a guide on how to use the chartbook pages

Introduction - the purpose of this chartbook

Section 1: Mental health and disability: Definitions and prevalence

1.1. How many people have a mental disorder?

1.2. How many people have a mental health disability?

1.3. What types of disabilities are experienced by people with mental disorders?

1.4. How many people have a mental disability and what are their conditions and symptoms?

1.5. What percentage of the adult population has severe mental illness, and what disorders do they have?

1.6. How many people have a serious mental illness?

Section 2: Characteristics of disability in adult life

2.1. For adults, how does mental illness rank as a cause of activity limitation compared to other conditions?

2.2. Do rates of psychiatric disorder differ for women and men?

2.3. Are there gender differences in limitations due to serious mental illness?

2.4. To what extent are people with mental illness employed?

2.5. Has labor force participation by people with mental illness changed over time?

2.6. To what extent does depression limit ability to work or carry out normal activities?

2.7. What are the conditions and symptoms of adults 65 years and older with mental disability?

2.8. To what extent do people 65 years and older with a mental disability have physical and communication disabilities?

Section 3: Children and mental health disabilities

3.1. How many children and youth have mental or emotional problems or behavioral functional limitations?

3.2. How many children in special education have emotional disturbance?

3.3. Do rates of emotional disturbance differ by age group?

3.4. Do boys and girls experience different rates of emotional disturbance?

3.5. Do dropout and graduation rates differ for youth with emotional disturbance compared to youth with other disabilities?

3.6. What is the risk of suicide among youth?

Section 4: Access, utilization, and cost of services

4.1. Does use of mental health services by people with mental health disability differ by age?

4.2. How many children and youth use mental health services?

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

4.4. What percentage of people with serious mental illness receives minimally adequate treatment?

4.5. What percentage of people who receive Social Security disability benefits has a mental disorder?

4.6. Has the number and percentage of people receiving SSI for a mental disorder changed over time?

4.7. How many people with a primary disability of mental disorders are served by Vocational Rehabilitation?

4.8. What percentage of Independent Living Centers serves people with a primary disability of mental illness?

4.9. How many people in nursing homes have a mental disorder?

4.10 How many homeless people have disabilities due to mental disorders?

4.11 How many people with mental disorders are in correctional institutions?

4.12 What kinds of mental health services are provided in state prisons?

4.13 How many jails provide essential mental health services?

4.14 What kinds of mental health services are provided in the juvenile justice system?

4.15 How do mental disorders affect the U.S. economy?

Section 5: Research gaps and topics for further investigation of mental health and disability

Appendices - list of the various appendices to the chartbook

Glossary - terms used in the chartbook

Bibliography - websites and print resources

Surveys - descriptions of the surveys and data sets used to compile this chartbook

Links - for more information on mental health and disability

Credits - copyright information

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