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ABSTRACT. Data from the 2011 to 2013 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) were pooled to estimate prevalence of mental health need (serious psychological distress and impairment in one or more life domains), minimally adequate treatment (having four or more visits with a health professional in the past 12 months and use of prescription medication for mental health problems in the past 12 months), and suicide ideation among veterans living in California. Numbers and percentages were weighted to the CA population using a large sample size (N=6,952), and for comparison purposes, veterans and nonveterans were standardized to the age and gender distribution of veterans in the sample. Although differences in mental health need were similar between veterans and nonveterans after adjustment, over three-quarters of veterans did not receive minimally adequate treatment needed to address their mental health needs. Suicide ideation was significantly higher among veterans than nonveterans. Male veterans at all ages were more vulnerable to thinking about suicide compared to their nonveteran counterparts. pp. 126–140

Keywords: veterans; mental health; suicide ideation; service utilization; unmet need; psychological distress

How to cite: Tran, Linda Diem, David Grant, and May Aydin (2016), “California Veterans Receive Inadequate Treatment to Address Their Mental Health Needs,” American Journal of Medical Research 3(2): 126–140.

Received 26 May 2016 • Received in revised form 31 July 2016
Accepted 1 August 2016 • Available online 20 August 2016

doi:10.22381/AJMR3220166

LINDA DIEM TRAN
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(corresponding author)
Center for Health Policy Research,
University of California, Los Angeles
DAVID GRANT
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Center for Health Policy Research,
University of California, Los Angeles
MAY AYDIN
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National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics,
National Science Foundation

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