Goal: Increase Access and Education in Saginaw County for Mental Health Services.
2011 Service Utilization Summary by the Michigan Department of Community Health (FY 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011).
Why This Indicator is Important
Unlike most physical diseases that are disabling, mental illnesses often manifest early in life. According to researchers supported by the National Institute of Mental Illness, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14; three quarters have begun by age 24. Such trends are especially evident with anxiety disorders, which often begin during late childhood, and mood disorders, which often develop during late adolescence. Although these problems often begin in childhood, often there are long delays, sometimes decades, between the first onset of symptoms and the recognition that an individual ought to seek appropriate treatment. Untreated disorders can lead to more‐severe disorders that are more difficult to treat. The consequences are significant. Mental illness exacts a heavy toll on young people who suffer these often disabling illnesses when they are in the prime of life.
How Are We Doing?
In 2010-2011, 2,630 (a decrease from about 4,000 in the previous years) residents in Saginaw County were served for issues related to mental health (144,668 adults were served in Michigan). For 2011, the Service Utilization Summary for Adults with Mental Illness: All Funding Streams Including Medicaid and General Funds, the following were the most used:
- 8.25% were treated through peer services in Saginaw County (14.05% in Michigan).
- 2.97% were received Assertive Community Treatment (3.58% in Michigan).
- 4.56% received Dual Diagnosis Integrated Treatment (1.47% in Michigan).
- 2.17% received supported employment (2.03% in Michigan).
- 1.83% received family psychological-education (.48% in Michigan).
How Can You Have An Impact?
- Advocate for greater local health education programs.
- Work to alleviate social and economic factors that are barriers to mental health.