Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Massachusetts
In 2006, Massachusetts’ mental health care system received a grade of C, barely above the national average. Three years later, its grade has risen to B. This improvement coincided with a relatively calm economy, but the Commonwealth has now hit turbulent times. 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: 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.
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: C 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- Comprehensive health care reform efforts
- State parity law expansion
- National model for reduction of use of restraints and seclusion
- Clinical performance measures for Medicaid carve-out
- Restore funds for supported employment and day services
- Restore funding and expand jail diversion programs
- Address prison suicide crisis