The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drugs Use and Health: Mental Health Findings - In 2012, an estimated 43.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had any mental illness (AMI) in the past year. This represents 18.6 percent of all adults in this country. Among adults aged 18 or older in 2012, 9.6 million (4.1 percent) had serious mental illness (SMI) in the past year. The percentage of adults in 2012 with AMI in the past year was highest for adults aged 26 to 49 (21.2 percent), followed by those aged 18 to 25 (19.6 percent), then by those aged 50 or older (15.8 percent). Similarly, the percentage of adults with past year SMI in 2012 was highest among adults aged 26 to 49 (5.2 percent), followed by those aged 18 to 25 (4.1 percent), then by those aged 50 or older (3.0 percent). Women aged 18 or older were more likely than men aged 18 or older to have past year AMI (22.0 vs. 14.9 percent) and SMI (4.9 vs. 3.2 percent) in 2012.
Some disorders are mild, while others are more disabling and require intensive management and care. Mental health disorders can effect changes in behaviors and feelings that cause individuals to act disruptive, rebellious, or sad. This may include, but not limited to, problems with relationships, work, school, sleeping, eating, substance abuse, emotional expression, development, coping, attentiveness, and responsiveness. Knowing when to seek treatment for mental health disorders is important for both individuals and families. It is important for families that suspect a problem in one or more of these areas to seek treatment as soon as possible.
There are various adult and children mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, drop in centers and supported housing located throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Please call our hotline for more information (877) 865-4222 or click on link to the Office of Mental Health website https://www.omh.ny.gov/
LIAAC can provide assistance to individuals with mental health issues who reside in Nassau and Suffolk Counties through Case Management and/or our Hotline. Case Management has traditionally been a method for serving persons who lack the ability to access resources, who suffer from chronic conditions and are confronted with barriers on a consistent basis. Case managers may provide services on a long-term and short-term basis. The primary function is to ensure the provision of health-related and social support services. Our field-based approach allows for case managers to meet clients in their homes, in the hospital, and other community settings.
The LIAAC Hotline serves as the entry point for all LIAAC services to ensure that clients and community members are directly linked to a wide range of health-related services, including mental health. Our highly trained staff assesses the client’s needs and links them to appropriate, effective services.