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Massachusetts: B

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Massachusetts

In 2006, Massachusetts’ mental health care system received a grade of C, barely above the national average. Three years later, its grade has risen to B. This improvement coincided with a relatively calm economy, but the Commonwealth has now hit turbulent times. 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: C 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

  • Comprehensive health care reform efforts
  • State parity law expansion
  • National model for reduction of use of restraints and seclusion
  • Clinical performance measures for Medicaid carve-out

Urgent Needs

  • Restore funds for supported employment and day services
  • Restore funding and expand jail diversion programs
  • Address prison suicide crisis

Additional Information and Resources

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