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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Persons age 18 and older receiving mental health treatment and/or counseling for serious mental illness who experienced improvement.

Measure Source

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


88 Adults age 18 or older who receive treatment for serious mental illness who experience improvement, United States, 2002

Data Source

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).


Persons age 18 or older with serious mental illness who received mental health treatment or counseling in the past year.


Subset of the denominator who experienced improvement.


Serious mental illness (SMI) is defined as having a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that meets criteria set forth in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) and which resulted in functional impairment that significantly impeded 1 or more major life activities. For further information see Appendix B, Section B.4 of the Results from the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings available at



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