Published Date: October 22, 2023

Summary: While mental health needs are on the rise for all Californians, low-income adults continue to experience distress at higher rates than middle- and high-income adults.

Findings: Data from the 2021 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) estimates that nearly 20% of low-income adults reported serious psychological distress in California, in contrast to about 14% of higher-income adults. The research also found that noncitizens are less likely to use behavioral health services.

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