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Delaware: D

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Delaware

In 2006, Delaware’s mental health care system received a grade of C. Three years later the grade has dropped to a D, in part because of the lack of consumer-run programs and limited efforts to reduce the criminalization of people with mental illness. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: D 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: 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.
  4. Community Integration and Social Inclusion: D 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.

Innovations

  • New state leadership
  • Mobile crisis intervention teams
  • Integrated dual diagnosis treatment

Urgent Needs

  • Implement state hospital investigation recommendations
  • Supportive housing
  • Consumer-run programs
  • Jail and prison reentry programs and CIT

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: Delaware

"I was provided with a therapist that I can see as often as I feel the need for, as well as an emergency number for after hours, staffed with people, not a machine."

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