Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Vermont
Vermont has made progress in recent years, but can do far better. In 2006, its mental health care system received a C grade. Three years later, the grade is the same. Full narrative (PDF).
Health Promotion and Measurement: C 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.
- State police academy training
- WRAP and culture of peer-led crisis services
- Veterans’ services
- Increased crisis beds
- Leadership for a comprehensive replacement solution to Vermont State Hospital
- Continue hospital quality of care improvement
- Maintain gains in housing and veterans’ services
- Address mental health workforce shortage