Distribution of Public Mental Health Expenditures by Public Payer (2003)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that in 2003 approximately 58 percent of all mental health care expenditures were paid by publicly funded programs. The largest public payer was Medicaid, which paid 45% of all public expenditures for mental health care. The second largest payers were, collectively, state and local health programs. These programs together covered 35% of all public mental health care expenditures.