Projections of National Expenditures for Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Treatment 2004-2014

Source: Katharine R. Levit, Cheryl A. Kassed, Rosanna M. Coffey, Tami L. Mark, David R. McKusick, Edward C. King, Rita Vandivort-Warren, Jeffrey A. Buck, Katheryn Ryan, Elizabeth Stranges, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, DHHS Publication No. SMA 08-4­326, 2008

By 2014, expenditures on mental health (MH) and substance abuse (SA) treatment are projected to reach $239 billion, up from $42 billion in 1986 and $121 billion in 2003. The pace of growth in spending on MH and SA treatment is anticipated to be slower than for all-health spending over the next decade. Because of the slower growth in MHSA spending compared to that for all health, MHSA expenditures are projected to account for progressively smaller shares of all-health expenditures: from 9.7 percent in 1986 to a predicted 6.9 percent in 2014.

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