Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Mississippi
In 2006, Mississippi’s mental health care system received a D grade. Three years later, it has dropped to an F. Mississippi's primary challenge is the continuing lack of appropriate community-based services and supports. 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: 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.
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.
- Preliminary steps toward community-based services
- Regional crisis centers
- Support for CIT in Jackson
- ACT, integrated dual diagnosis treatment, and supportive housing
- Medicaid funding for evidence-based practices
- Eliminate use of jails for people under civil commitment orders
"Clinics are run like mills. You wait long periods of time for appointments, and then they just drug you without adequate diagnosis. They don’t care."
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