Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Utah
In 2006, Utah’s mental health care system received a grade of D. Three years later, the grade remains the same, but conditions may soon worsen. Full narrative (PDF).
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.
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.
- Statewide system for assessing and monitoring outcomes
- Statutory exemption of psychiatric medications from Medicaid’s preferred drug list
- Preserve access to existing services
- Mental health care for the uninsured
- Increase evidence-based practices with fidelity to standards
- Increase statewide treatment, housing, and support services