Statistics




California Statistics on Antipsychotic Use


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issues quarterly reports on the use of psychoactive medication in each state specifically monitoring the use of of antipsychotic medications. 

                     California Ranking

  • California providers have significantly reduced the use of antipsychotic medicine from the 2012 baseline established by the federal government.

  • California achieved the national goal of reducing antipsychotic use by 15 percent in 2013.  The actual reduction as of Q2 2019 was 48.5 percent.

  • CMS then changed the national goal to reduce antipsychotic use by 30 percent. The national goal was met in January, 2016.

  • California providers have reduced the unnecessary use of antipsychotic medication at a greater rate than 45 other states.

  • California remains ahead of the nation in reducing the use of antipsychotics. Of those residents in nursing homes in California, 11.1 percent are prescribed antipsychotic medication compared to 14.3 percent nationwide.

  • The antipsychotic reduction campaign is working.  In 2012 across America, nearly one quarter of nursing home residents were receiving some form of antipsychotic medication from their physicians.                                                                    



    Source: National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, 2018 Report                                                                                                                      

U.S.  Rankings
(as of Q2 2019)

State ranking for lowest use of antipsychotics

Hawaii                                             

  1

New Jersey

  2

Alaska 

  3

New York

 4

California

  5

North Carolina

  6

Wisconsin

  7

Maryland

  8

District of Columbia

  9

Utah

 10