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Appendix A: Mental Health-related and BRFSS Indicators

This appendix offers both individual and state-level characteristics that help explain why residents in different States report different attitudes towards mental illness.

Table A. Mental Health-related and BRFSS Indicators for 37 States and the District of Columbia*

(Lists State-level characteristics in 2007 and 2009 related to differences in attitudes)

 

 Per Capita Expenditure of State Mental Health Agencies (2004)Population in Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (2010)Population with Health Insurance CoverageUnemployment RatePer Capita Donated Media ValueFrequent Mental DistressSerious Psychological DistressReceiving Mental Health Medicine or TreatmentPopulation Aged 18-24
Dollars
Percent
Percent
Percent
Dollars
Percent
Percent
Percent
Percent
State200720092007200920072009200720092007200920072009200720092007200920072009
Alaska287.56287.56383882826836.8936.869N/A2N/A10N/A15N/A
Arkansas32.9532.9548488481570.832.8911N/A5N/A12N/A13N/A
California113.61113.61101082805114.958.08101243861414
Colorado69.0769.0715158485481.3216.19N/A3N/A10N/A13N/A
Connecticut152.09152.0913139188584.756.438N/A3N/A12N/A9N/A
District of Columbia409.92409.92141491885100.0996.898N/A2N/A11N/A6N/A
Georgia51.2551.25323283805101.261.421195311888
Hawaii147.99147.99669392370.010.29722661312
Illinois68.5168.51353587855103.126.378N/A3N/A9N/A11N/A
Indiana80.5880.58161689865100.672.0610N/A3N/A12N/A13N/A
Iowa76.1476.1444449189464.1610.547N/A2N/A12N/A13N/A
Kansas83.2283.2237378787472.992.947932101189
Kentucky49.6949.69282886846113.824.412N/A6N/A14N/A9N/A
Louisiana52.6352.6359598284471.092.099N/A5N/A11N/A8N/A
Maine130.66130.6612129190589.1918.49N/A4N/A15N/A12N/A
Massachusetts103.99103.99669596480.071.219833141297
Michigan90.9690.96121288867142.186.8110114311141111
Minnesota121.37121.3727279291580.50.717N/A3N/A11N/A13N/A
Mississippi95.595.5353581826103.484.4813136712131412
Missouri69.3369.3338388785594.68.911112551214129
Montana126.49126.49464684854626.1641.189N/A3N/A13N/A12N/A
Nebraska58.2858.2843438789351.275.698723109106
Nevada54.4554.458883795122.192.7411124488128
New Hampshire117.21117.214490904623.1237.8810N/A3N/A13N/A8N/A
New Mexico27.7827.7847477878476.8213.0610N/A4N/A10N/A14N/A
Ohio64.0664.06191988866103.373.8212N/A5N/A13N/A8N/A
Oklahoma39.7939.7936368282460.06112N/A5N/A12N/A11N/A
Oregon60.7960.79242483825113.96.8210N/A3N/A13N/A9N/A
Rhode Island92.9292.921515898851102.1310N/A5N/A14N/A12N/A
South Carolina67.3167.31272784836120.191.781111541112910
Tennessee88.1688.16343486855111.191.42N/A13N/A8N/A14N/A7
Texas36.736.727277574481.424.1511N/A5N/A11N/A7N/A
UtahN/A73.56N/A37N/A85N/A7N/A5.19N/A9N/A2N/A13N/A13
Vermont165.95165.957789904713.3146.83993313141312
Virginia69.7969.7917178587373.535.358N/A3N/A11N/A9N/A
Washington93.693.630308987591.553.1199331213138
Wisconsin94.8294.8236369291593.685.098N/A3N/A10N/A14N/A
Wyoming102.44102.4475758684367.457.17993311121413

 

*Puerto Rico was omitted from multilevel analysis because not all state-level predictors examined (e.g., donated media) were available. (We describe this on page 8 of the methodology). Because it looks like we goofed in the final document, my suggestion is to omit the asterisk on Table A. We state this on page 8 of the methodology, so careful readers should catch it—and or we can refer any inquiries back to this point.

 

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Introduction to Figures 1 –3

Figures 1 through 3 below depict how much the percent disagreement that treatment can help those with mental illness, the percent disagreement that people are caring and sympathetic to people with mental illness, and the percent of adults receiving mental health treatment vary with the quantity of each state-level predictor (e.g., per capita expenditures, percentage of population living in mental health professional shortage areas), from lowest value to highest value. The three horizontal bars in each figure represent the average level of agreement for these three outcomes at the 25th, 50th, and the 75th percentile of the values of these state-level predictors. Each figure depicts the statistically significant associations found between each state-level predictor and the outcome.

 

Figure 1. Percent Disagreement With Treatment Can Help People With Mental Illness Lead Normal Lives
Percent Disagreement With Treatment Can Help People With Mental Illness Lead Normal Lives. Bar graph shows that 6.2% disagreed in states with $62 per capita mental health expenditure, 6.0% disagreed in states with $82 per capita mental health expenditure, and 5.9% disagreed in states with $111 per capita mental health expenditure.

 

 

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Figure 2 Percent Disagreement With People Are Generally Caring and Sympathetic With Mental Illness
 
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