Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Virginia
In 2006, Virginia’s mental health care system received a D grade. Three years later, it has moved up to a C. It took a profound, extraordinary tragedy to move Virginia forward, but concerns exist that the state may still retreat. Full narrative (PDF).
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.
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: 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: D 15% of Total Grade
Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.
- Co-occurring disorders treatment efforts
- Eighteen ACT programs and fidelity to model standards
- Down payment to increase community services
- Expand community services, including case management and crisis services
- More housing options
- Health care coverage for uninsured persons that includes mental health care