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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Mental Health and Mental Illness: Mental Health Benefits Legislation

Description of Resource: 
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends mental health benefits legislation, particularly comprehensive parity legislation, to improve financial protection and increase appropriate utilization of mental health services for people with mental health conditions. There is also evidence that mental health benefits legislation is associated with increased access to care, increased diagnosis of mental health conditions, reduced prevalence of poor mental health, and reduced suicide rates. Mental health benefits legislation involves changing regulations for mental health insurance coverage to improve financial protection (i.e., decrease financial burden) and to increase access to, and use of, mental health services. Such legislation can be enacted at the federal or state level.

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Access to Health Services
Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
The Community Guide [Internet]. Mental Health and Mental Illness: Mental Health Benefits Legislation. c2012– [cited 2016 Dec 30]. Available from: