Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Texas
Texas’ mental health care system is dwindling and faces a multitude of challenges. In 2006, it received a C grade. Three years later, it has dropped to a D. Greater investment is needed in order for the state to truly transform and move toward an evidence-based, cost-effective mental health system. 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: D 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: 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.
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.
- Mental health crisis services redesign
- Local Planning and Network Development
- Bexar County Jail Diversion Program
- Equitable funding for Local Mental Health Authorities
- Improve access to services in all areas
- Expand health insurance coverage to uninsured persons
- Address cultural competence and workforce shortage