Use of inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization services all increased in 2012, according to a new report from the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) discussed in Psychiatric News. The report is based on a survey of the NAPHS member organizations. NAPHS CEO Mark Covall told Psychiatric News, “While. . . inpatient days of care increased by 5.4 percent since 2011, outpatient services also showed growth, with the average number of outpatient visits in 2012 increasing by 6.6 percent since the prior year. The average number of partial hospitalization visits also increased substantially (14.6 percent) from 2011 to 2012.”
According to Psychiatric News, the utilization of psychiatric services in residential treatment centers was the only area that saw a slight decrease for NAPHS member organizations in 2012.
Mental Health Service Use Increasing Across Multiple Settings, Survey Finds (Psychiatric News, August 12, 2014. DOI: 10.1176/appi.pn.2014.8a4)