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Idaho: D

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Idaho

In 2006, Idaho’s mental health care system received an F. Three years later, it receives a D, although the state still has steep mountains to climb. Unfortunately, state budget cuts threaten even this initial step forward. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. 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.
  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: D 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

  • Leadership by criminal justice community
  • Community Collaboration Grants
  • Planning for peer specialist training and certification program

Urgent Needs

  • System planning and accountability
  • More inpatient psychiatric beds
  • Housing
  • Olmstead, cultural competence, and workforce plans

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: Idaho

"I think that the mental health professionals here work very hard, but there are too few doing too much."

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