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Utah: D

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Utah

In 2006, Utahís mental health care system received a grade of D. Three years later, the grade remains the same, but conditions may soon worsen. 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: 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.


  • Statewide system for assessing and monitoring outcomes
  • CIT
  • Statutory exemption of psychiatric medications from Medicaidís preferred drug list

Urgent Needs

  • Preserve access to existing services
  • Mental health care for the uninsured
  • Increase evidence-based practices with fidelity to standards
  • Increase statewide treatment, housing, and support services

Additional Information and Resources

Full Narrative (PDF) | Detailed Score Card (PDF) | Full Report | Order Hard Copy

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Utah

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