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Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Illinois
In 2006, Illinois’ mental health care system received an F grade. Three years later, it has advanced slightly to a D — which is not much to be proud about. Illinois leads the nation in numbers of people with serious mental illnesses warehoused in nursing homes. This fact casts a pall over the state’s entire mental health care system. 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: 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: 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.
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.
- CIT and jail diversion programs
- Peer education and peer supports
- Community education and awareness efforts
- Invest in services that meet evidence-based fidelity standards
- End warehousing in nursing homes
- Address problems with the new fee-for-services system
"Illinois doesn’t have a mental health system. It has a few pockets of adequate services for some, but little or no coordination among them. Mental health services are shamefully under-funded, and waiting lists are either long or closed."