Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Maryland
In 2006, Maryland’s mental health care system received a C. It was considered an underachiever with the potential to do much better. Three years later, it has improved to a B, reflecting the state’s emergence as a national leader in promoting wellness and recovery. Full narrative (PDF).
Health Promotion and Measurement: B 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: B 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: B 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: C 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- Transformation planning
- Wellness and recovery promotion
- Collaboration with consumer and advocacy organizations
- Meet national standards for evidence-based practices
- Expand integrated mental health and substance abuse services
- Expand mobile crisis teams and community crisis beds
- Improve reentry programs and ensure Medicaid restoration
"The variety of services available is under a lot of different departments and organizations, making it very difficult to even find out about them."
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