Mental health access and provider ratios

Mental health access, including provider ratios, is one of six priority areas identified in the 2022 Snohomish County Community Health Assessment.

Behavioral and mental health includes a broad range of elements that are part of overall wellness. It includes feelings and behaviors related to life stressors and crises, and can include substance use and misuse. It also includes prevention, diagnoses, and treatments for those concerns. 

The percentage of Snohomish County adults who had zero poor mental health days in a 30-day window decreased each year from 2017 to 2021. Meanwhile, the percentage of adults reporting 1-13 days or 14+ days of poor mental health increased. 

One simple survey, often called the K6 scale, uses a series of six questions about mental wellness. The percentage of adults in Snohomish County who meet the K6 definition for a serious mental illness roughly doubled from 2015 to 2020.

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For more data and information, view the full CHA report.