Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Arizona
In 2006, Arizona’s mental health care system received a grade of D. Three years later, it has improved to a C. The improvement is commendable, but the test will be whether progress can continue in the face of the current economic downturn. 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: B 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: B 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: C 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- Cultural competence plan, tools, and online information
- Partnership between mental health and housing agencies
- Screening and treatment of co-occurring disorders in the criminal justice system
- Data on numbers of consumers served
- Stronger state oversight to ensure quality of services
- Greater availability of services
- Address workforce shortage, particularly in rural and tribal areas
"When I first tried to get help after attempting suicide, I was told that I wasn’t sick enough to qualify."
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