Substance Use and Mental Health

Data and analysis on substance use and mental health in our region, including use of publicly funded treatment services and trends in drug overdoses and suicides.
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Improving Crisis Prevention and Response

Researchers and public representatives met to address challenges that persist throughout our crisis system. They developed a set of 16 recommendations.

Accidental Overdose Deaths: Interactive Dashboard and Report

This report and dashboard describe accidental overdose deaths that occurred in Allegheny County, with a look at trends in numbers of deaths, demographics, and substances involved.

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A Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Cross-System Evaluation: Findings and Recommendations

Throughout the United States, people experiencing behavioral health challenges are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and Allegheny County is no exception. To better understand the state of our current […]

Value-Based Contracting within the Allegheny County HealthChoices Behavioral Health System

One way that Allegheny County promotes the provision of high quality behavioral health services is through value-based contracting (VBC), which pays providers of behavioral health services based on quality of […]

Suicide Data, 2002–Present: Interactive Dashboard

This dashboard displays information about County suicide trends since 2002

Allegheny County Suicides, 2008–2017: Data Brief

Suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state in the U.S. in recent years, and in Pennsylvania and Allegheny County, suicide rates are higher than the nation’s. This data […]

Locations of Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Facilities in Allegheny County: Interactive Dashboard

This dashboard provides information on licensed substance use disorder and mental health treatment providers in Allegheny County as of August 2018.

Naloxone Distribution in the Allegheny County Jail to Prevent Overdose: Data Brief

In 2016, the Allegheny County Jail began offering naloxone, a life-saving medication that rapidly reverses opioid overdose, to people exiting the jail. Since then, the jail has distributed over a […]

The Journey into Allegheny County’s Substance Use Disorder Treatment System

People struggling with unhealthy drug or alcohol use sometimes face challenges when it comes to accessing treatment. Research has found that lack of insurance, unfamiliarity with treatment options, a shortage […]

Annual Reports of the Consumer Action Response Team (CART)

The Allegheny County Consumer Action Response Team (CART) gathers feedback from consumers of publicly-funded behavioral health services, which include mental health services and drug and alcohol treatment for adults, children […]

Mental Health Involuntary Commitment: Interactive Dashboard

An involuntary commitment, also known as a 302, may occur when an individual is exhibiting symptoms of mental illness that are unmanageable and may result in danger to themselves or […]

Joint Position Statement on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Allegheny County

Allegheny County, like much of Western Pennsylvania, is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic and it is vitally important that County residents have access to the best and […]

Mental Health Involuntary Commitment: Report

An involuntary commitment is an application for emergency evaluation and treatment for a person who is considered to be a danger to self or others due to symptoms of a […]

Behavioral Health Services in The Allegheny County Jail

The high percentage of inmates with mental health and/or substance use issues presents significant challenges to the correctional system. Untreated behavioral health issues contribute to higher rates of recidivism as […]

Drug-Exposed Newborns

Although prenatal drug/alcohol exposure cases accounted for less than two percent of child welfare referrals in Allegheny County, this exposure can have significant health and developmental consequences. More than one […]