Behavioral Health

According to SAMHSA, “behavioral health treatments are ways of helping people with mental illnesses or substance use disorders”. Surveys of US residents found that communities of color had incidences  of mental health issues similar to or less frequent to white residents. However, when Black or Hispanic residents reported having a mental health issue, they were less likely to receive care compared to white residents.

How to Use Behavioral Health Dashboard

  • The Dashboard has 2 views: Lawrence and CHNA11. Certain data was available for Lawrence but not for CHNA11. As such, select measures may vary depending on the view.
  • On the bottom of the dashboard there are arrows. In order to scroll across to the different indicators, navigate using these arrows.

For a downloadable version of the sources as well as the secondary data included in the dashboards, click here: Master Data Dashboard Spreadsheet

Behavioral Health Working Group’s Efforts 

The Behavioral Health Working Group’s goal is to “reduce barriers to behavioral health  treatment facing Lawrence community members.” Between July 2018 and June 2019, they accomplished the following to address that goal:

Collaboration & Coalitions

  • 10 working group meetings with 31 members representing 19 organizations


  • 1 Community Mental Health Forum on healthy relationships with 36 participants. Of the 25 surveyed, 96% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “I am likely to do something different as a result of what I learned today”


  • 1 Professional Speakers Series training with 65 behavioral health specialist participants who received # hours (awaiting data) of Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Policy, Systems and Environmental Changes

  • 0 implemented in 2019

Developed in partnership with the Institute for Community Health: