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Grading the States 2009 Report Card: South Dakota
In 2006, South Dakotaís mental health care system received an F grade. Three years later, the grade remains the same. South Dakota was the only state in the nation that declined to respond to NAMIís survey on which this report is primarily based. Full narrative (PDF).
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.
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.
Consumer & Family Empowerment: F 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: F 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- Depression screening and treatment in primary care
- Efforts to improve outcome measurement
- Promotion of co-occurring disorders treatment
- Supportive housing
- Supported employment
- Workforce development
- Crisis services and alternatives to hospitalization
"I have a case manager who comes to my town every other week. Her schedule is rigid and the office appears to be closing permanently. However, her services right now are a major part of my stability. She is my touchstone."