March 2, 2006
"Access to mental healthcare depends on access to information," wrote NAMI national executive director Michael J. Fitzpatrick in a March 1st letter to State Senator Thomas P. Morahan and Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera, chairmen of the Senate and Assembly legislative committees that oversee the agency.
"Accountability depends on openness. Public confidence cannot exist in healthcare systems that do not respond."
In the first comprehensive report on mental healthcare systems in 15 years, NAMI was able to score every state and the
NAMI graded the states on "proven, cost-effective, recovery-oriented practices," based on the recommendations of a presidential commission and a recent report of the
NAMI asked the chairmen to seek and assess the information for themselves and release it publicly. It offered assistance in scoring the criteria in order to make comparisons to other states.
NAMI told the chairmen that it "does not prejudge the results of the investigation," except to note that in a special "Consumer and
NAMI’s report, Grading the States: A Report on America’s Healthcare System for Serious Mental Illnesses, is available on-line at www.nami.org/grades.
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