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Indicator Report - Mental Health Related Emergency Department Visits

Why Is This Important?

"Although the emergency department setting may be appropriate in crisis situations, it is not the ideal setting in which to address mental health problems. However, the use of emergency departments for mental health care is growing. Individuals with mental health needs are best treated with regular and comprehensive care, such as that offered through a coordinated system of care."- North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Mental Health-Related Visits to Emergency Departments North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2011

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Data Notes

This measure is based on emergency department (ED) visit data collected by the North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT). NC DETECT collects ED data from emergency departments across North Carolina. Visits were coded under the 9th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM).  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) 


Includes all emergency department visits where a mental health related diagnosis was coded as the principal diagnosis in a child or adult.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of mental health related emergency department visits
Denominator: Total resident population

Page Content Updated On 02/12/2013, Published on 02/12/2013
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