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West  Virginia: F

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: West Virginia

In 2006, West Virginia’s mental health care system received a D grade. Three years later, the grade has fallen to an F. An already inadequate system is deteriorating. One reason is the horrendous redesign of its Medicaid program. 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: 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: 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.
  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.


  • West Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association programs
  • One mental health court

Urgent Needs

  • Redesign Medicaid plan—the right way
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Supportive housing and workforce development
  • Crisis intervention, jail diversion, and reentry programs

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: West Virginia

"Services are difficult to locate, and persons employed do not seem to always know what is available or even how to readily access those services. People are continually being told that funding has been cut."