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Georgia: D

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Georgia

In 2006, Georgiaís mental health system received a D. Three years later, it again receives a D. Even a D, however, cannot fully convey the horrendous scandal that has scarred the state, with consequences that are still unfolding. 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: 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.
  3. Consumer & Family Empowerment: C 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.


  • Investigative reporting series leading to federal investigations of hospitals
  • Georgia Crisis and Access Line
  • Use of Medicaid funds for peer support specialists

Urgent Needs

  • Strong leadership by governor and legislature
  • Improve patient care and safety in hospitals
  • Increase access to community-based services
  • Employ evidence-based practices that meet fidelity standards

Additional Information and Resources

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

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Georgia

"Our local [center] is wonderful. But they are only given limited funds, limited personnel, limited tools. Our state does not reimburse them for many recovery based services. I do not know how our local providers remain upbeat when they are so beaten up."