In 2018, 8.9 million young adults reported having a mental illness. More than 2 in 5 went untreated & of the 5.1 million with a substance use disorder, nearly 9 in 10 did not get treatment. - SAMHSA

In 2016, SAMHSA reported that:

  • At-Risk youth in need of substance use treatment may benefit from evidence-based substance use treatment that addresses their specific needs; however, the research suggests that few receive any or adequate substance use treatment.

  • Compared with adults aged 26 or older, lower percentages of adolescents and young adults who needed substance use treatment received treatment

From the Surgeon General’s 2019 Report:

  • Science has shown that adolescence and young adulthood are major “at risk” periods for substance misuse and related harms. Second, most of the major genetic, social, and environmental risk factors that predict substance misuse also predict many other serious adverse outcomes and risks. Third, several community-delivered prevention programs and policies have been shown to significantly reduce rates of substance-use initiation and misuse-related harms.

  • Integration of mental health and substance use disorder care into general health care will not be possible without a workforce that is competently cross-educated and trained in all these areas.

  • Prevention programs and interventions can have a strong impact and be cost-effective, but only if evidence-based components are used and if those components are delivered in a coordinated and consistent fashion throughout the at-risk period. Parents, schools, health care systems, faith communities, and social service organizations should be involved in delivering comprehensive, evidence-based community prevention programs that are sustained over time.