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To address disparities in behavioral health care, the National Network to Eliminate Disparities (NNED) in Behavioral Health was formed with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in partnership with the National Alliance of Multi-ethnic Behavioral Health Associations (NAMBHA).When navigating our fragmented and complex healthcare system, racial and ethnic minorities and persons with limited English proficiency often seek behavioral health assistance through their primary care providers.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) first examined the role of integrated care in 2004 to find solutions for improving access, engagement and utilization of mental health services by minority populations by writing a position brief that included the research and guidance of national experts in the fields of health, mental health, substance use and addiction, integrated health care, and cultural and linguistic competency. Since then, the field has gained significant momentum.Read More

Importance of Health

Mental health treatment has become an important part of American life. 27 percent of adults, or an estimated 59 million people, have received treatment in the past two years. Of these, the large majority report high levels of efficacy and satisfaction, regardless of the type of treatment they have received.

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Information: 47 percent of women have either needed or received some type of mental health treatment within the past two years. By contrast, 30 percent of men have either needed or sought such treatment.While almost half (45 percent) of men say they generally turn to their spouse for emotional support, only 21 percent of women do so. 36 percent of women (versus 17 percent of men) say they tend to talk to their friends when they need emotional support.– John Doe