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Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Kentucky- for the full report click here

In 2006, Kentucky’s mental health care system received an F grade. Three years later, the grade remains the same. Little progress has occurred, although there is potential for improvement.

Grades by Category

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: F 25% of Total Grade
    Basic measures, such as the number of programs delivering evidence-based practices, emergency room wait-times, and the quantity of psychiatric beds by setting.
  2. Financing & Core Treatment/Recovery Services: D 45% of Total Grade
    A variety of financing measures, such as whether Medicaid reimburses providers for all, or part of evidence-based practices; and more.
  3. Consumer & Family Empowerment: D 15% of Total Grade
    Includes measures such as consumer and family access to essential information from the state, promotion of consumer-run programs, and family and peer education and support.
  4. Community Integration and Social Inclusion: F 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.

Innovations

  • DIVERTS program
  • Collaboration with consumer and family organizations
  • Strengthened statewide jail triage system and criminal justice planning grants
  • Reduction in restraints and seclusion

Urgent Needs

  • Leadership and political will
  • Invest in community services and evidence-based practices
  • Workforce development, especially psychiatrists
  • Supportive housing

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