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Kentucky: F

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Kentucky

In 2006, Kentucky’s mental health care system received an F grade. Three years later, the grade remains the same. Little progress has occurred, although there is potential for improvement. 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: F 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.

Innovations

  • DIVERTS program
  • Collaboration with consumer and family organizations
  • Strengthened statewide jail triage system and criminal justice planning grants
  • Reduction in restraints and seclusion

Urgent Needs

  • Leadership and political will
  • Invest in community services and evidence-based practices
  • Workforce development, especially psychiatrists
  • Supportive housing

Additional Information and Resources

Full Narrative (PDF) | Detailed Score Card (PDF) | Full Report | Order Hard Copy

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"Eastern State Hospital is the most depressing place I have ever visited."

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