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Community Based Programs Improve Lives of Young Adults

young adultsA recent report by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows community-based programs improve the lives of young adults with mental health challenges.

Here are some interesting statistics from the report:

  • Twenty percent of young adults (18-25) living in U.S. households had a mental health condition in the last year.
  • Of these, more than 1.3 million had a disorder so serious that their ability to function in many aspects of everyday life was compromised.
  • Among older adolescents and young adults participating in the SAMHSA-sponsored Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, 28 percent showed significant improvement in their behavioral and emotional health within the first six months, and 38 percent showed significant improvement within the first year.

Overall data from the report shows that treatment is effective. “Young people who experience mental health or substance use disorders can recover and lead healthy, productive lives with improvements in employment opportunities, housing, education and emotional well-being,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde.

Many times mental health challenges and addictions are co-occurring.  Horizon Health Services recognizes this and offers community based mental health programs to adults 18 and over and addictions treatment to young adolescents and adults in several locations throughout Western New York.  For more information on our mental health services or addictions services, call us at 716.831.1800.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

To download the full report, Promoting Recovery and Independence for Older Adolescents and Young Adults Who Experience Serious Mental Health Challenges and view the full list of field references, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/children.