The Springdale Community Coalition has asked each member to continue gathering information about specific health issues as they work toward creating a healthier community. This time, you were asked to focus on Mental Health.
For this assignment, please investigate how well (or not well) your State scored on the Grading the States 2009: A Report on Americas Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness, linked in the Background Information.
On the map, click on your State. When the pop-up box appears, click on View Detailed Report Card. After reviewing that page, click on Full narrative (PDF) and Detailed Score Card (PDF).
Once you have finished your investigation, write a 2 – 3 page paper that addresses the following:
1. Tell me what State you chose to investigate.
2. What overall score did your State get? Has it improved or declined since the 2006 report?
3. Describe the overall “state of the State” in its ability to care for adults with serious mental illness.
4. Choose 2 categories on the Detailed Score Card. Tell me what categories you chose, what the category score was, and what factors the score includes.
4. Express your reaction to your State’s score card.
Assignment Expectations, in order to earn full credit:
Please write your paper in your own words. That is the only way I can evaluate your level of understanding. Quotes are rarely needed; if necessary, they should comprise less than 10% of a paper and must be properly cited.
Even though the papers must be written in your own words, you are required to cite sources for any statement of fact or idea that is not common knowledge. You are required to cite the sources within the body of the paper and include a reference list at the end of the paper.
Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable source of information. Use credible, professional, and scholarly sources such as journal articles from ProQuest or EBSCO, and government, university, or nonprofit organizations’ web sites.
You must clearly show that you have read the module homepage and the required background materials. You are welcome to do research in addition to — but not instead of — the required readings.
Your papers will be evaluated on the following factors:
References – citations are used within the body of the paper any time you state a fact or idea that is not common knowledge and a reference list is included at the end of the paper.
Precision – you follow all instructions and you answer each part of the assignment.
Breadth – you show broad knowledge of the module’s topic.
Depth – you go into detail to show more critical thought about the specific assignment.
Clarity – the extent to which you elaborate and include discussion or examples as asked.
Application – the extent to which you apply the information to a real-life situation related to the assignment, if asked.
Before you begin, please review this information about When to Cite Sources http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pub/integrity/pages/cite/
Other resources are available at http://www.plagiarism.org/index.html and http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/
Mental Health America (2012). Stigma: Building Awareness and Understanding. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/action/stigma-watch
SAMHSA (2012). Stop Stigma. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.stopstigma.samhsa.gov/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (2009). Grading the States 2009: A Report on America’s Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.nami.org/gtsTemplate09.cfm?Section=Grading_the_States_2009
National Alliance on Mental Illness (2009). Grading the States 2009: A Report on America’s Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness. United States Report Card. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.nami.org/gtsTemplate09.cfm?Section=Findings&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=75255
National Alliance on Mental Illness (2011). Mental Illness by illness. Retrieved June 1, 2012 from http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=by_illness
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