Objective: This research study aims to determine the impact of mental health provider ratio on drug overdose mortality. It also investigates how mental health provider ratio and the frequency of mental distress correlate. Additionally, the study examines how mental health provider ratios have changed in Ohio over time and how the Ohio drug overdose mortality rates compare to the rates in Michigan, another Midwestern state. Methods: Pearson/Spearman correlation tests were done to show how mental health provider ratio influences drug overdose mortality rate and how mental health provider ratio influences the frequency of mental distress. A paired samples t-test was done to show changes in mental health provider ratio in Ohio over time, while an unpaired samples t-test was done to compare drug overdose mortality in Ohio to Michigan. Results: A discussion of the results of this study will be available by May 2020.
Gunawardena, S. (2020). The Role of Mental Health Providers in Dual Diagnosis Substance Abuse Treatment. Wright State University. Dayton, Ohio.