Mental health treatment facilities by setting of services in the U.S. 2018

Mental health treatment facilities are instrumental in helping those suffering from acute or chronic mental health issues get care in a safe and secure environment. As of 2018, there were 11,682 registered mental health treatment facilities in the U.S. Within those, 8,956 were less than 24-hour outpatient facilities while 1,920 facilities were 24-hour inpatient facilities.

U.S. Mental health facilities

Inpatient mental health treatment may be needed for those that are a danger to themselves or others, those using drugs, those that need to be stabilized or those that are experiencing psychosis. The top hospitals in the U.S. for adult psychiatry include McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital and New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New York. Very few mental health treatment facilities accept all age groups and less than a quarter accept those under the age of 18.

Mental health in the U.S.

Mental illness can affect anyone of any age; however, some groups experience more mental illness than others. It is estimated that up to one quarter of the U.S. adult population faces some mental illness, with women suffering more than men. A recent survey also demonstrated that Oregon, Utah and Arkansas had the highest percentage of people that described their mental health as poor. Other mental health variables can compound one another. For example, mental illness and substance use can be especially difficult to diagnose and treat.

Number of mental health treatment facilities in the U.S. in 2018, by service setting*

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Release date

October 2019


United States

Survey time period

March 26, 2018 to November 30, 2018

Number of respondents

Base: 14,159

Supplementary notes

* Number of facilities sums to more than the total column and percentages sum to more than 100 percent because a facility could offer mental health treatment in more than one service setting.
Includes facilities in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This statistic includes only facilities which were eligible and completed the survey.

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