The journal of mental health administration

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 224–236 | Cite as

Barriers to mental health care for hispanic americans: A literature review and discussion

  • Albert M. Woodward
  • Alexander D. Dwinell
  • Bernard S. Arons


The Hispanic American population, the second largest and fastest growing minority population in the United States, faces barriers to access to both medical health and mental health care. This paper examines both financial and cultural barriers to utilization of mental health care services; it is a broad review of the literature and is not intended to be comprehensively detailed. The research review suggests that the financial barrier is a major determinant of mental health service access for Hispanic American populations. Also, nonfinancial barriers such as acculturation are examined. A two-part plant is suggested to reduce both financial and nonfinancial barriers. Very little literature on utilization of substance abuse services was found; suggestions for further research are thus proposed.


Mental Health Mental Health Service Mental Health Care Hispanic Population Mental Health Care Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert M. Woodward
    • 1
  • Alexander D. Dwinell
    • 1
  • Bernard S. Arons
    • 1
  1. 1.Financing and Services Research Branch, Division of Applied ResearchNational Institute on Drug AbuseRockville

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