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Maryland: B

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Maryland

In 2006, Marylandís mental health care system received a C. It was considered an underachiever with the potential to do much better. Three years later, it has improved to a B, reflecting the stateís emergence as a national leader in promoting wellness and recovery. 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: C 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.

Innovations

  • Transformation planning
  • Wellness and recovery promotion
  • Collaboration with consumer and advocacy organizations

Urgent Needs

  • Meet national standards for evidence-based practices
  • Expand integrated mental health and substance abuse services
  • Expand mobile crisis teams and community crisis beds
  • Improve reentry programs and ensure Medicaid restoration

Additional Information and Resources

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Maryland

"The variety of services available is under a lot of different departments and organizations, making it very difficult to even find out about them."

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