Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Minnesota
In 2006, Minnesota’s mental health care system received a grade of C. Three years later, it remains a C. The state is working hard to chart a course for reform. Recent investments in the system have not yet produced results that might have helped improve its standing. 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: D 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- Investment in infrastructure
- Strong vision for the state mental health system
- Uniform benefits for mental health in all state programs
- Reduce workforce shortages, particularly in rural areas
- Ensure access to treatment for diverse communities
- Housing and employment programs