Report card gives Missouri a C for mental health care

Thursday, March 12, 2009 | 9:41 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — National mental health advocates say Missouri could do a better job caring for the mentally ill.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness gave Missouri a "C'' — the same grade the state received three years ago.

The group says access to care is becoming a larger problem in Missouri.

Missouri advocates worry what budget cuts would mean for those who depend on services.

Francie Broderick, who heads a St. Louis mental health agency, said the mentally ill typically access services when they become very sick and enter a hospital. She said that is the most costly and least efficient way to provide services.

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