Grading the States 2009 Report Card: California
In 2006, California’s mental health care system received a grade of C. Three years later, it remains at that level. It is uncertain whether meaningful progress can occur in years ahead in the face of the state budget crisis. Full narrative (PDF).
Health Promotion and Measurement: B 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: C 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: 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.
Community Integration and Social Inclusion: B 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- Mental Health Services Act interagency housing program
- Full-Service Partnerships for individuals with great need
- Cultural competency in workforce development
- Streamline Mental Health Services Act funding to counties
- Improve hospital care
- Reduce incarceration of people with mental illnesses