Mental Health as a Percent of All Health Care Expenditures by Payer (2003)
Payments for mental health services and treatment come from a variety of sources. These may include, but are not limited to, private insurance, public assistance through programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, or directly by the person receiving treatment or his or her family.
The following chart shows seven of the leading sources for health care payments and the percentage of each that goes specifically to pay for mental health care services. Of note is that about 10 percent of Medicaid funding pays for mental health care, and about 20 percent of state and local health programs pay for mental health care. Data are courtesy of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).