States average 'D' grade on public mental health systems

Public mental health infrastructure was far from robust three years ago, and it hasn't improved at all since then, according to a new report from the National Alliances on Mental Illness.

According to NAMI's analysis, which rates state public mental health systems on 65 factors such as access to medicine, housing and family education, U.S. states averaged an overall "D" grade.

Overall, 14 states improved their grades since the group's last analysis, in 2006, while 12 lost ground. Since NAMI's last report three years ago, Oklahoma showed the most improvement in the U.S., with its grade improving from a "D" to a "B". South Carolina, meanwhile, lost the most ground, with its grade falling from a "B" to a "D". 

To learn more about NAMI's analysis:
- read this press release
- check out the state-by-state grades here

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