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Mental Illness: NAMI Report Deplores 80 Percent Unemployment Rate; State Rates and Ranks Listed–Model Legislation Proposed

July 10, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — One of the best steps in recovery from mental illness is a job, but the national unemployment rate for individuals receiving public mental health services is approximately 80 percent, according to a report issued by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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The states with the five highest levels of unemployed persons in the public mental health care system are:

    --  Maine                             92.6 percent
    --  West Virginia                  91.9  percent
    --  Hawaii                            91.4 percent
    --  Pennsylvania                   90.6 percent
    --  California                        90.0 percent

Approximately 60 percent of the 7.1 million people receiving public mental health services nationwide want to work, but less than 2 percent receive supported employment opportunities provided by states.

NAMI’s, report, Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness (www.nami.org/work), NAMI’s report highlights model programs nationally and proposes model legislation for states.

    --  One model legislative option is for a state to focus on Individual
        Placement and Support (IPS).
    --  The other is Vocational Supports (VS), representing a broader
        comprehensive approach, including supported education.

“NAMI wants states to make a commitment to help people with mental illness to recover,” said NAMI Executive Director Mary Giliberti. “Work is a critical part of recovery. As a nation, we still have a long way to go in recognizing that linkage.”

“Work is tied to a person’s sense of identity, dignity and worth in our society. Even during the recession, the national unemployment rate paled next to what people in the public mental health system routinely experience. We must do better.”


    Unemployed Adults with Mental Illness 2012(1)

    State                                    Unemployment Rate(2)       Rank

    Alabama                                                       89.1%       6

    Alaska                                                        71.4%      43

    Arizona                                                       82.9%      27

    Arkansas                                                      78.8%      36

    California                                                    90.0%       5

    Colorado                                                      77.8%      37

    Connecticut                                                   79.7%      34

    Delaware                                                      76.9%      39

    Florida                                                       84.7%      20

    Georgia                                                       87.1%      13

    Hawaii                                                        91.4%       3

    Idaho                                                         81.3%      29

    Illinois                                                      83.2%      26

    Indiana                                                       80.5%      31

    Iowa                                                          68.4%      47

    Kansas                                                        70.2%      46

    Kentucky                                                      83.9%      24

    Louisiana                                                     88.3%       9

    Maine                                                         92.6%       1

    Maryland                                                      84.1%      21

    Massachusetts                                                 89.1%       7

    Michigan                                                      88.1%      10

    Minnesota                                                     86.1%      16

    Mississippi                                                   86.2%      15

    Missouri                                                      89.1%       8

    Montana                                                       86.1%      17

    Nebraska                                                      70.8%      45

    Nevada                                                        83.8%      25

    New Hampshire                                                 67.3%      48

    New Jersey                                                    71.1%      44

    New Mexico                                                    76.1%      40

    New York                                                      84.0%      22

    North Carolina                                                85.2%      19

    North Dakota                                                  62.9%      49

    Ohio                                                          84.0%      23

    Oklahoma                                                      79.3%      35

    Oregon                                                        87.7%      11

    Pennsylvania                                                  90.6%       4

    Rhode Island                                                  82.6%      28

    South Carolina                                                87.6%      12

    South Dakota                                                  72.0%      42

    Tennessee                                                     79.8%      33

    Texas                                                         85.6%      18

    Utah                                                          80.7%      30

    Vermont                                                       74.7%      41

    Virginia                                                      80.3%      32

    Washington                                                    86.9%      14

    West Virginia                                                 91.9%       2

    Wisconsin                                                     77.2%      38

    Wyoming                                                       56.1%      50

(1 )SAMHSA (2012) Uniform Reporting System 2012 http://www.samhsa.gov/dataoutcomes/urs/urs2012.aspx

(2) Unemployed = unemployed + not in labor force (NLF)

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SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness


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