Previous data show that trauma is highly prevalent in public sector consumers and is associated with severe mental illness and high service use costs. Despite this, evidence suggests that trauma victims tend to go unrecognized and to receive inadequate mental health services. We surveyed all facilities (6 inpatient, 17 outpatient) within the South Carolina Department of Mental Health about their current services for trauma victims. Results indicate that most public mental health facilities do not routinely evaluate trauma history in an adequate manner or provide specialized trauma-related services. Implications and future directions are addressed, including the current trauma initiatives of many state-funded systems.
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Public mental health
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health