Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Iowa
In 2006, Iowa’s mental health care system received an F grade. Three years later, it receives a D. Iowa has charted a course for progress, but much work remains to be done. 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.
- Mental Health Systems Improvement initiative
- Expansion of co-occurring disorders treatment
- Crisis services pilot projects
- Uniform statewide data collection system
- Crisis response and stabilization services
- Address mental health workforce shortage