“Following the World Trade Center attacks, mental health service providers geared up to provide mental health services for thousands of New Yorkers potentially affected by this event,” Boscarino says. “This major increase in utilization, however, never really materialized.”
The investigators conducted telephone surveys with 2,368 English- and Spanish-speaking adults who lived in New York City at the time of the attacks to learn about their post-disaster mental health service and medication use. Two different surveys were used: one of a cross-section of city residents and the other of persons who reported receiving mental health treatment within a year after the attacks.
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