Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Kansas
The nation’s Heartland can be proud of Kansas’ plucky spirit. In 2006, Kansas’ mental health system received an F grade. Since then, the state seems to have acknowledged its challenges and begun building on its strengths, working to identify a clear path for the future. Three years later, however, much work still needs to be done. In 2009 they get a D. Full narrative (PDF).
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.
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.
Consumer & Family Empowerment: D 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.
- Peer-run and peer-provided supports
- Collaboration to develop housing
- Consumer/family partnership in policy development
- Community-based inpatient care
- Supportive housing
- Alternatives to incarceration
- Comprehensive parity legislation