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District of Columbia: C

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: District of Columbia

In 2006, the mental health care system in the nationís capital received a grade of C. Three years later, its grade has not moved. It is not yet on firm ground, lacking both stable leadership and independence. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


  • 300 new units of supportive housing
  • Drop-in center with peer specialists

Urgent Needs

  • Expand ACT programs
  • Increase stable and affordable housing
  • Improve and increase St. Elizabethís staff recruitment
  • Adopt CIT

Additional Information and Resources

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