In the US, 16 million people have an alcohol use disorder and heavy drinking is a leading cause of preventable death. However, accessing care for substance use and mental health problems can be more difficult than getting general medical or surgical care.
Although the Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was enacted in 2008, a brief from PHI’s Alcohol Research Group shows that only strong parity states and states with coverage and partial parity had higher treatment admission rates. Extending parity laws to more Americans will help ensure people receive the care they need.
Originally published by Alcohol Research Group