A Report on America’s Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
Grading the States 2009: A Report on America’s Health Care Sytem for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
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Ohio: C

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Ohio

In 2006, Ohio’s mental health system received a B. Three years later, the state’s status as a leader on mental health has slipped to a C. It’s disappointing for a state that seemed in striking range of an A. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: C 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: B 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.


  • Evidence-based practices, such as ACT, IDDT, and supported employment
  • National leadership on jail diversion and community reentry services
  • Consumer and family involvement in design and delivery of services

Urgent Needs

  • Restore and increase funding
  • Improve coverage of uninsured persons and non-Medicaid services
  • Increase acute care beds

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Ohio

"Many people rely upon the services provided by the local levy and other general state funds. Medicaid appears to be eating up those valuable non-Medicaid services and little is being done about it."
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Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director

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