Race & Ethnicity

 

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In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report, Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, that documented substantial differences in mental health service utilization between non-Hispanic white adults and other racial/ethnic groups. The report also noted racial/ethnic differences in the types of services that are used. Moreover, the Surgeon General determined that not all differences in mental health service utilization resulted from personal preference. Rather, many of the racial/ethnic differences in mental health service utilization resulted from structural barriers, such as lack of transportation, low availability of care providers, cost, and insurance barriers.

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