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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Connecticut: B

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Connecticut

In 2006, the state received a grade of B. Three years later, its grade has stayed the same. The fact that the state receives a B reflects its sophisticated vision and willingness to address problems. However, for a person with schizophrenia stuck in a nursing home, or a family who loses a loved one to suicide inside a state facility, the system is failing. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

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

Innovations

  • Military Support Program
  • Collaboration with Department of Corrections
  • Emerging electronic records capacity

Urgent Needs

  • Increase community-based services
  • Housing as an alternative to more restrictive placements
  • End nursing home warehousing

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Connecticut

"Good services are available but not nearly enough, and many are languishing in prison or on the streets."
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Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director

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