An estimated 1 in 5 Americans experience mental illness in a given year. Exposure to armed combat, mass violence, natural disasters and other traumatic events also can increase the potential for mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Although mental illness is not uncommon, long delays in identification and treatment and limited prevention lead to avoidable illness, disability, and mortality.
Abt Associates conducts policy analysis, training and technical assistance, and scientific research to address the mental health needs of children and adults quickly and effectively. We excel at conducting large-scale, longitudinal studies, as well as program evaluations and other core capabilities that help clients address their toughest challenges. We work across the behavioral health system, from insurance providers to state and federal agencies, such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Department of Defense.
Read more about our work in mental health.
Read more about our work in PTSD.