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Mental Health The Springdale Community Coalition

I Live Georgia

The Springdale Community Coalition has asked each member to continue gathering information about specific health issues as they work toward creating a healthier community. This time, you were asked to focus on Mental Health.

For this assignment, please investigate how well (or not well) your state scored on the Grading the States 2009: A Report on America's Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness, linked in the Background information.

On the map, click on your state. When the pop-up box appears, click on View Detailed Report Card. After reviewing that page, click on Full narrative (PDF) and Detailed Score Card (PDF).

Once you have finished your investigation, write a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following:
1.Tell me what state you chose to investigate.
2.What overall score did your state get? Has it improved or declined since the 2006 report?
3.Describe the overall "state of the state" in its ability to care for adults with serious mental illness.
4.Choose 2 categories on the Detailed Score Card. Tell me what categories you chose, what the category score was, and what factors the score includes.
5.Express your reaction to your state's score card. Compare your state's Report Card to the nation's Report Card. Where could your state contribute to mental health care to improve the national score

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Grading the States 2009

The state chosen was California and California could be a lot better than the score it receive because of its budget crisis. According to the "Grading the States 2009" report card, California's mental health system received a grade of C in 2006. It did not change the grade three years later, and it is uncertain whether the situation in California can improved in years ahead. The detailed score card for California has indicated the various categories that received a specific grade. The Health Promotion and Measurement categories, in which the number of programs delivering evidence based practices, emergency room wait-times, and the quantity of psychiatriac beds has received a grade of B. In the categories of Financing and Core Treatment/Recovery Services in which many financing measures such as whether Medicaid reimburse providers for all, California received a grade of C. In the categories of Consumer and Family Empowerment including measures such as consumers and family access to essential ...

Solution Summary

According to the "Grading the States 2009" report card, California's mental health system received a grade of C in 2006. It did not change the grade three years later, and it is uncertain whether the situation in California can improved in years ahead. California is facing a massive budget crisis in health care that dramatically affecting its mental health program. There must be reform taking to improve the mental health program in California.

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