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Posted at 3:11 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2006

Hawai'i's mental health care rating improves

Associated Press

Hawaii's mental health care received a "C" grade, improving to one of the top 15 states in the nation from dead last, according to a report yesterday by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The report, "Grading the States: A Report on American's Health Care System for Serious Mental Illness," is the first in more than 15 years and was funded by the Stanley Family Foundation.

"In the ensuing 16 years, through hard work and federal pressure, Hawaii is potentially poised to be applauded as the most improved of any state in this report," the survey said.

No state received an "A," only five received a "B" and 10 states received grades of "C+" or "C."

Hawaii's grade was based partially on improvements at the Hawaii State Hospital. The report also credited the role of the Department of Justice and federal court in the supervision of Hawaii's community-based mental health care system.