A Report on America’s Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
Grading the States 2009: A Report on America’s Health Care Sytem for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
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Minnesota: C

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).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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

  • Investment in infrastructure
  • Strong vision for the state mental health system
  • Uniform benefits for mental health in all state programs

Urgent Needs

  • Reduce workforce shortages, particularly in rural areas
  • Ensure access to treatment for diverse communities
  • Housing and employment programs

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Minnesota

"There are a wide variety of services available and that Minnesota is committed to taking care of its citizens. I hope they continue to do so."
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Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director

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