Priority States


Florida’s legislature has pumped more money into mental health programs the last several years, but it’s certainly not enough as the state continues to rank 49th of 50 states in per capita funding.


In Michigan, about 175,000 individuals aged 12–20 (14.5% of all individuals in this age group) per year in 2013–2014 reported binge alcohol use within the month prior to being surveyed. The percentage decreased from 2010–2011 to 2013–2014.


In Georgia, about 416,000 individuals aged 12 or older (5.2% of all individuals in this age group) per year in 2009–2013* were dependent on or abused alcohol within the year prior to being surveyed. 


Here in Texas, we do a woeful job of serving our citizens with mental health problems. More than 4.3 million Texans, including 1.2 million children, live with some form of mental health disorder.


For 18 consecutive years, Nevada has been the fastest growing state in the nation. This population explosion has led to a dramatic increase in consumers needing mental health services. 


According to 2011-12 parent reports, an estimated 63% of California children ages 2-17 who needed mental health treatment or counseling received services in the previous 12 months, with county-level estimates ranging from 53% to 67%.