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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Florida: D

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Florida

In 2006, Florida’s mental health care system received a grade of C. Three years later, as the need for public mental health services is growing, the state’s grade has slipped to a D. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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

  • Expansion of CIT and mental health courts
  • Peer specialist training and certification program
  • Substance abuse and mental health treatment integration

Urgent Needs

  • Cultural competence and workforce development plans
  • More inpatient psychiatric beds
  • Services for underserved populations

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