This paper is the result of an ongoing effort to track spending on mental health and substance abuse (MH/SA) treatment nationwide. Spending for MH/SA treatment was $85.3 billion in 1997: $73.4 billion for mental illness and $11.9 billion for substance abuse. MH/SA spending growth averaged 6.8 percent a year between 1987 and 1997, while national health expenditures grew by 8.2 percent.
Spending on mental health and substance abuse treatment, 1987-1997
Coffey, R. M., King, E., Harwood, H., McKusick, D., Genuardi, J. S., Dilonardo, J., ... Mark, T. (2000). Spending on mental health and substance abuse treatment, 1987-1997. Health Affairs, 19(4), 108-20.