Indiana Gets D for Mental Health Care Current Initiatives Hold Promise for Future Improvements
Indianapolis, Indiana—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) issued a national report card today that gives Indiana a D grade for its public mental health care system.
The report is a follow-up to a NAMI report published three years ago to measure the progress of states in achieving the goals of a presidential commission that called for transformation of the mental health care system – which too often is fragmented, outmoded and inadequate.
In the previous report Indiana received a grade of D. This year it is one of 23 states that saw no change. The national average is D, remaining stagnant from three years ago. Six states received B’s. Six received F’s. No state got an A.
“It’s disappointing that the state’s grade has not changed,” says Teresa Hatten, president of the NAMI Indiana board of directors. “But we are hopeful that new initiatives now underway in Indiana governmental agencies will lead to improvements in Indiana’s future grades.”
Pam McConey, Executive Director of NAMI Indiana, reminds Hoosiers, “The long-term financial and social costs to Indiana taxpayers are actually lower when mental health services are properly funded and supported. Recovery from mental illness is now a reality for most individuals if they have access to proper treatment.”
The report card is based on 65 criteria, including access to medication, housing, family education and support to National Guard members. It includes policy recommendations for federal and state leaders. State governments provided most of the information on which the grades are based.
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