A Report on Americaís Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
Grading the States 2009: A Report on Americaís Health Care Sytem for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
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Wisconsin: C

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Wisconsin

In 2006, Wisconsin received a B grade. Three years later, the state receives a C. This slippage can be attributed to the limited access and availability of services; the inequities of the stateís complex, decentralized system; slowness in implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs); and inattention to cultural competence. The systemís sluggishness hinders progress. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. 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.
  2. Financing & Core Treatment/Recovery Services: B 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: D 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.


  • Mental health and primary care collaboration
  • Wellness and recovery focus
  • Smoking cessation programs

Urgent Needs

  • Statewide financing and data systems
  • Fidelity to evidence-based practice standards
  • Cultural competence
  • CIT and jail diversion expansion and mental health courts

Additional Information and Resources

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Wisconsin

"Inpatient units still treat people badly. They still donít take into consideration peopleís normal temperament or behaviors and also their culture or ethnicity."
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Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director

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