Mental Healthcare Cost Data for All Americans (2006)
Data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ's) Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) provide information on the total expenditures for mental health services, the number of Americans who paid for mental health services, and the average cost for each person who received mental health services in 2006. The chart below shows this information with the estimates for all Americans shown in blue, and those for children ages 0-17 shown in green. Children are a subset of those included in the "All Americans" estimates.
Among all Americans, 36.2 million people paid for mental health services totaling $57.5 billion in 2006. This means the average expenditure per person was $1,591. Within this group, 4.6 million children received mental health services totaling $8.9 billion. The average expenditure per child was higher than that for the average American at $1,931.”