Group: Kansas Improved but Gets 'D' on Mental Health

By: AP
By: AP

A national group says Kansas improved its system for treating the mentally ill but still gives the state a ``D'' grade.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness released its report card for every state Wednesday. The group declared that the nation's mental health care is ``in crisis,'' and gave the U.S. a ``D'' overall.

No state received an ``A,'' but six received a ``B.'' Twenty-one states, including Kansas, received a ``D.'' Three years ago, the same group gave Kansas an ``F.'' It said it had improved by establishing a program for identifying best practices and increasing the number of state-supported employment programs for the mentally ill.

But the group said Kansas still has a shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds and community alternatives for treating the mentally ill.

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