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Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Delaware
In 2006, Delaware’s mental health care system received a grade of C. Three years later the grade has dropped to a D, in part because of the lack of consumer-run programs and limited efforts to reduce the criminalization of people with mental illness. 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: 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: F 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.
- New state leadership
- Mobile crisis intervention teams
- Integrated dual diagnosis treatment
- Implement state hospital investigation recommendations
- Supportive housing
- Consumer-run programs
- Jail and prison reentry programs and CIT
"I was provided with a therapist that I can see as often as I feel the need for, as well as an emergency number for after hours, staffed with people, not a machine."