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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Community Need Index

Updated with 2022 data. The Allegheny County Need Index was developed to identify areas of the County that have greater relative need. This report and related materials explore census tracts in need and recent trends.

DHS Goals and Key Initiatives: 2024

DHS can reach our goals more quickly if we devote time and attention to several big, bold initiatives that will make our systems and our organization work better for everyone we serve. This document outlines our key initiatives in 2024—which are in addition to our core work of running effective systems of care for people.

DHS 2023 Accomplishments

This report highlights the 2023 DHS accomplishments that stood out. There are many, many other achievements. We chose the ones that made the biggest difference.

Allegheny County’s Involuntary Hospitalization (302) Program

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) conducted a study of the involuntary hospitalization program in the county. Involuntary hospitalizations occur when an individual undergoing a psychiatric episode is […]

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Improving Prioritization of Housing Services: Implementation of the Allegheny Housing Assessment (AHA) and the Mental Health Allegheny Housing Assessment (MH-AHA)

Making good, informed decisions about how to allocate limited resources is an ever-evolving process. The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) strives to make the most equitable decisions when […]

Allegheny County Opioid Settlement Projects

Overview:  Beginning August 31, 2022, Allegheny County received its first payment related to the settlement of litigation against manufacturers, distributors, and associated consultants for the opioid industry. Together, the litigation settlement will […]

Frequent Utilizers of Services in Allegheny County

What are these reports about? Nationally and locally, policymakers and practitioners are interested in the people who frequently use publicly funded services, particularly crisis services. Most people who use crisis […]

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 […]