Benchmarking community behavioral health

CAPE Data Resources

Area Health Resource File This data is available annually from 2000 to the present with some missing data due to the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey (ACS) not reporting county-level data until 2005. MORE

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The BRFSS is the primary data source provided by the CDC for evaluating local health. The data is at the county-level and most states have annual data going back to 1990. MORE

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
The BJS has a wide variety of data on corrections, courts, crimes, employment, expenditures, law enforcement, and victims. MORE

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
The BLS has a wide variety of data, although most of its data is at the regional- or large city-level. At the county-level, the BLS has data on wages and employment. MORE

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
While the CDC’s primary data source is the BRFSS covered above, the organization provides many links to other data sources at the state- and county- levels. MORE

Housing and Urban Development Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) collects a wide variety of data on the homeless population across the US. MORE

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
The IHME has many resources available for community behavioral health. The U.S. county profiles contain information on smoking prevalence, life expectancy, obesity, and physical activity for every county in the U.S. MORE

National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System (NVSS)
The NVSS data is available through the CDC and dates back to 1890, although much of this data is only available in Adobe pdf format until the 1970s or 1980s. The data is available by county and by state with information on births and mortality. MORE

National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP)
The CDC collects data on the reported occurrence of nationally notifiable infection diseases in the U.S., including HIV, hepatitis, some STDs, and TB. The NCHHSTP atlas is an interactive tool for plotting this data spatially. MORE

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
This is another resource available from the CDC. The Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) is the primary mechanism for accessing this data. The WISQARS system allows users to search, sort, and view the injury data to create reports, charts, and maps. MORE

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN)
The NDACAN has a few important data sets for understanding problems pertaining to children. The unfortunate difficulty for working with any of these datasets is that the data are collected in separate files by year, which must be combined and aggregated before any panel analysis. MORE

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The NIMH is an institute of the NIH. The NIMH supports research on mental health through grants to investigators at institutions and organizations throughout the United States and through its own intramural research effort. MORE

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH is a biomedical research facility primarily located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. An agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, it is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research. MORE

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)
The NISVS, published by the CDC, contains detailed information on incidence of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking. The survey was conducted in 2010 and reports information on both female and male victims. MORE

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
The NSDUH is an annual nationwide survey involving interview with approximately 70,000 randomly selected individuals aged 12 and older. NSDUH is funded by SAMHSA, and the project is supervised by SAMSHA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ). MORE

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA has an excellent array of data, although much of their data is not publicly available. Besides the NSDUH data, SAMHSA also provides Emergency Room Data (DAWN), Facilities Data (N-SSATS), and Treatment Data (TEDS). DAWN provides data from 2004 to 2011 annually on 10 metropolitan areas in the U.S. MORE

U.S. Decennial Census
The U.S. Census is a well-known tool for analyzing many personal and household statistics. It should be noted that the entire census is not commonly available for use because it is recorded at the individual-level for the entire U.S. MORE

US Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Uptake Data
This data consists of time-series data at state- and county-levels estimating the participation and benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). MORE

US Department of Education
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary data location for the US Department of Education. MORE

US Department of Energy
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) API provides access to public data on energy production and consumption in the US. MORE

Veteran's Administration (VA)
The VA provides limited data on the veteran population, its distribution, expenditures on veteran care, utilization of veteran care services, as well as maps, reports and surveys. MORE

Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
WISQARS is an interactive database system provided by the CDC which provides customized reports of injury-related data. MORE