Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Kentucky
In 2006, Kentucky’s mental health care system received an F grade. Three years later, the grade remains the same. Little progress has occurred, although there is potential for improvement. 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: D 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: D 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: F 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- DIVERTS program
- Collaboration with consumer and family organizations
- Strengthened statewide jail triage system and criminal justice planning grants
- Reduction in restraints and seclusion
- Leadership and political will
- Invest in community services and evidence-based practices
- Workforce development, especially psychiatrists
- Supportive housing