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Treatment gap for mental health and substance use disorder among veterans U.S. 2018

In 2018, there was a vast treatment gap among U.S. veterans for substance use disorder and mental illness. Around 89 percent of veterans with a substance use disorder reported no treatment in the past year, and 53.5 percent of those with any mental illness also reported no treatment. The statistic illustrates the percentage of U.S. veterans aged 18 years and over who reported no treatment for substance use disorder, any mental illness or serious mental illness in the past year as of 2018.

Percentage of U.S. veterans who did not receive treatment for mental illness or substance use disorder in the past year as of 2018*

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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

Around 67,500

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Dataset excludes: Active military, long-term hospital residents, prison populations, homeless not in shelters.

For substance use disorder, no treatment is defined as not receiving treatment at any location, such as a hospital (inpatient), rehabilitation facility (in- or outpatient), mental health center, emergency room, private doctor's office, self-help group, or prison/jail.

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