California has the most patients (1,477,000) with unmet mental health needs of all U.S. states, according to a new ranking from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Ohio was number six (457,000).
The ranking is based on 2016-17 data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive. No doubt, the Ohio opioid epidemic contributed to our state placing in the top 10.
Over 12 million Americans said they felt a perceived need for mental health treatment or counseling was not met in the past year.