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2022 National Council Access to Care Survey 5/31/22

  • 1.  2022 National Council Access to Care Survey 5/31/22

    National Council Staff
    Posted 05-31-2022 11:29
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    Dear Association Executives - Today, the National Council released key findings from our 2022 Access to Care Survey, conducted by The Harris Poll.  See the link below and the attached infographic. Please share this with your members and feel free to share this more broadly as part of your advocacy. Takeaways from the survey include:

    • A staggering 43% of U.S. adults say they needed substance use or mental health care in the past 12 months did not receive that care and identified numerous barriers that stand between them and needed treatment.
    • Those with unmet mental health or substance use care needs say not receiving care had an impact on their lives.
    • Among those who have unmet substance use care needs, 87% report an impact on their lives because they did not receive care, and 90% of those who have unmet mental health care needs are impacted because they did not receive care.
    • Majorities of U.S. adults who needed care cite difficulties getting it, including those who actually got care. The primary barriers to access for those with unmet needs for mental health or substance use challenges over the past 12 months include:

      • Cost-related issues (no insurance, out-of-pocket costs) prevented 37% from getting mental health care and 31% from receiving substance use care.
      • Inability to find a conveniently located provider prevented 28% from getting mental health care and 22% from getting substance use care. In some rural areas, providers may be hours away.
      • Inability to find a provider who offers a visit format people feel comfortable with (e.g., in-person, telehealth) prevented 25% from getting mental health care and 31% from receiving substance use care.
      • Inability to get an appointment immediately when they needed care prevented 21% from receiving mental health care and 28% from receiving substance use care. Wait times can range from weeks to months in some areas.
    For more please also see - 2022 Access to Care Survey - National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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    Neal Comstock
    Director of Membership
    National Council
    NealC@TheNationalCouncil.org
    202 748-8793
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