Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Florida
In 2006, Florida’s mental health care system received a grade of C. Three years later, as the need for public mental health services is growing, the state’s grade has slipped to a D. 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: C 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- Expansion of CIT and mental health courts
- Peer specialist training and certification program
- Substance abuse and mental health treatment integration
- Cultural competence and workforce development plans
- More inpatient psychiatric beds
- Services for underserved populations
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