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Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Wyoming
In 2006, Wyoming’s mental health care system received a D grade. Three years later, it receives an F, a disappointment for a state that has sought to make at least some investments in mental health services in recent years. Full narrative (PDF).
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.
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.
Consumer & Family Empowerment: F 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.
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.
- "System of care" collaboration
- Veterans mental health outreach program
- Peer support specialists
- Crisis stabilization pilot programs
- Safe and affordable housing
- Expand crisis stabilization
- Workforce development
"We are a very rural area and it is not uncommon to have to drive 50 miles to receive help. When a person needs care, it needs to be available and that is just not the case in my community."