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Pennsylvania: C

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Pennsylvania

In 2006, the state received a D grade. Three years later, it has received a C, which represents progress, although not a standard of excellence. Now the challenge is to build on that momentum. 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: D 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.


  • National leader in reducing use of seclusion and restraints
  • Consumer and family satisfaction teams in the counties
  • Implementation of ACT, IDDT, and other evidence-based practices

Urgent Needs

  • Adequate mix of hospital and community services
  • Expand mental health courts and jail diversion programs statewide
  • Statewide police Crisis Intervention Teams

Additional Information and Resources

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Pennsylvania

"At my center, there is generally a one- to two-month wait between the intake interview and the initial meeting with the psychiatrist, and a month can be a long wait when you’re really struggling."