Mental Health Parity Newsroom Collaborative

The Mental Health Parity Newsroom Collaborative is a partnership between The Carter Center and news outlets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. To date, 31 newsrooms have produced more than 70 stories on mental health care access, parity, and inequities in the U.S.  


The numbers show that we’re in crisis...

in 5
U.S. Adults experience mental illness each year
More than half of U.S. adults with a mental illness don’t receive treatment—a number that has been on the rise since 2011.
in 10 people
who struggle with mental illnesses have no health insurance
of children experiencing major depression are not receiving care.

Partner News Stories

Illustration by Madison Alvarado using Canva AI/San Francisco Public Press

You Report an Unhoused Person in a Mental Health Crisis. This Is What Happens Next

Illustration by Madison Alvarado using Canva AI/San Francisco Public Press

The Often Vicious Cycle Through SF’s Strained Mental Health Care and Detention System

©Adriana Heldiz/Voice of San Diego

Deadly Failure: A Sailor Was in Crisis. Her Command Kept the Pressure on Anyway

©Navya Shukla/The Oglethorpe Echo: Katie Edwards, a counselor at Oglethorpe County Elementary School, helps third-grader Londyn Wilson with a work- sheet during a guidance lesson last month. The lessons are regularly held to guide students' empathy, emotion regulation, perseverance and more.

High need, low accessibility: Oglethorpe County residents face barriers to mental health care, even as teens and schools are willing to have the conversation