This study examined gender differences in perceived unmet treatment needs among persons with and without co-occurring substance use disorders and serious mental health conditions. Data were drawn from the 2008-2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (unweighted N = 37,187) to test the hypothesis that the relationships between diagnosis and perceived unmet treatment needs differ as a function of gender. Compared to individuals with a substance use disorder or severe mental illness, those with co-occurring disorders were more likely to report perceived unmet needs for substance abuse and mental health treatment. Gender significantly moderated the relationship between diagnosis and unmet needs, suggesting that men with co-occurring disorders might be more adversely affected. Findings highlight the need for better understanding of gender-diagnosis differences with respect to unmet needs for substance abuse and mental health care.
Gender differences in perceived unmet treatment needs among persons with and without co-occurring disorders