The Cost of Untreated Mental Illness in Greater Kansas City

The Cost of Untreated Mental Illness in Greater Kansas City
February 8, 2012
Source: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Approximately one in every 10 adults in the Greater Kansas City area* has a serious mental illness (SMI)**. Although serious mental illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders can be effectively treated, about 40% of cases are untreated. Without treatment, SMI can lead to unemployment, increased hospital and emergency room use, incarceration, suicide, and early death due to chronic medical conditions.





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