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March 01, 2008

Treating Behavioral Health Illness in a Patchwork System



More than 20 percent of Americans aged 18 and over live with a diagnosable mental illness. Complicating treatment for these individuals is the fact that up to 50 percent of the mentally ill population also has a substance abuse problem. Given the intertwined nature of mental health problems and substance abuse issues, the healthcare community frequently uses the term "behavioral health" when referring to the combination of the mental health and substance abuse fields.

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