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New York: B

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: New York

In 2006, New York chose not to provide survey information on its mental health system, receiving a "U" grade for "unresponsive." Three years later, the state receives a B. Despite this high grade, all is not perfect. New York has many strengths, but it also has many problems. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: C 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: 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.
  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.


  • Progress on evidence-based practices
  • Mental health parity
  • "Housing First" model

Urgent Needs

  • Acute care and crisis beds
  • Housing
  • CIT programs

Additional Information and Resources

Full Narrative (PDF) | Detailed Score Card (PDF) | Full Report | Order Hard Copy

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"No help from law enforcement agency or mental health system unless something bad happens."