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Maine: B

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Maine

In 2006, Maine’s mental health system received a grade of B. Three years later, the grade remains the same. Even so, during the past three years, Maine has responded to budget shortfalls by cutting Medicaid and services for people with serious mental illnesses. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: B 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: B 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: B 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: B 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.

Innovations

  • Co-occurring disorder initiatives
  • Integration of mental health, substance abuse, and primary care
  • Young offender reentry program
  • Medical homes

Urgent Needs

  • Leadership by governor and Department of Health and Human Services
  • Services for aging population
  • Cultural competence plan
  • Increase mental health workforce in rural areas

Additional Information and Resources

Full Narrative (PDF) | Detailed Score Card (PDF) | Full Report | Order Hard Copy

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Maine

"The focus is on keeping the patients coming and going in 15-minute billable increments."

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