HHS Needs to Better Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness

The US mental healthcare system includes a range of federal programs-across multiple agencies-for those with mental illness. Past efforts to develop a list of federal programs supporting individuals with serious mental illness have highlighted the difficulty of identifying such programs.

In 2013, about 10 million adults in the United States had a serious mental illness. The US mental healthcare system includes a range of federal programs—across multiple agencies—for those with mental illness. Past efforts to develop a list of federal programs supporting individuals with serious mental illness have highlighted the difficulty of identifying such programs.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to provide information on federal programs that support individuals with serious mental illness. This report identifies: 1) the federal programs that support individuals with serious mental illness; 2) the extent to which federal agencies coordinate these programs; and 3) the extent to which federal agencies evaluate such programs.

Read the report at GAO: http://1.usa.gov/1uR8j3I