Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Ten States with the Most People Living in Mental Health Care Shortage Areas

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) may designate as a mental health HPSA (health professional shortage area) any population group, facility or geographic area where resident access to mental health care falls below certain standards.  This HRSA designation may be based on the size of the HPSA's population relative to either (a) the number of psychiatrists, or (b) the combined number of psychiatrists and certain other mental health care practitioners, that serve the setting or community. Most HRSA mental health care shortage designations are based currently on population size relative to the number of psychiatrists serving the HPSA.  As of December 31, 2021, more than 136.5 million Americans lived in a mental health care shortage area according to HRSA data.

Home to 51.6% of the U.S. population who live in mental health shortage areas, the following are the ten states with the most people living in mental health care shortage areas based on an examination of December 31, 2021, HRSA data:

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
TX 432 15,679,454 687
CA 586 12,357,573 648
IL 212 9,186,134 399
FL 210 6,416,363 384
GA 93 6,029,369 217
IN 88 5,367,916 221
MI 248 4,253,792 192
NY 182 4,169,792 276
NC 198 3,607,900 202
LA 157 3,409,679 152
Top 10 2,406 70,477,972 3,378
U.S. 6,078 136,575,592 6,851

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a mental health care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Mental Health Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

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