Group says Kansas improved but gets 'D' on mental health

TOPEKA | 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.