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Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Georgia
In 2006, Georgiaís mental health system received a D. Three years later, it again receives a D. Even a D, however, cannot fully convey the horrendous scandal that has scarred the state, with consequences that are still unfolding. Full narrative (PDF).
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.
Financing & Core Treatment/Recovery Services: C 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: 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.
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.
- Investigative reporting series leading to federal investigations of hospitals
- Georgia Crisis and Access Line
- Use of Medicaid funds for peer support specialists
- Strong leadership by governor and legislature
- Improve patient care and safety in hospitals
- Increase access to community-based services
- Employ evidence-based practices that meet fidelity standards
"Our local [center] is wonderful. But they are only given limited funds, limited personnel, limited tools. Our state does not reimburse them for many recovery based services. I do not know how our local providers remain upbeat when they are so beaten up."