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Mississippi: F

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Mississippi

In 2006, Mississippi’s mental health care system received a D grade. Three years later, it has dropped to an F. Mississippi's primary challenge is the continuing lack of appropriate community-based services and supports. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: F 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: F 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: F 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.


  • Preliminary steps toward community-based services
  • Regional crisis centers
  • Support for CIT in Jackson

Urgent Needs

  • ACT, integrated dual diagnosis treatment, and supportive housing
  • Medicaid funding for evidence-based practices
  • Eliminate use of jails for people under civil commitment orders

Additional Information and Resources

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Mississippi

"Clinics are run like mills. You wait long periods of time for appointments, and then they just drug you without adequate diagnosis. They don’t care."