Depression Care in Minnesota: We Can’t Let Another Year Go By–Blog

MN Community Measurement (MNCM) recently released the 2019 Health Care Quality Report. We want to highlight the good news, the troubling news, and the opportunity — with a special focus on mental health and health care in Minnesota.

First, the good news.  

Screening to identify those in need of mental health care is an important first step to getting them the care they deserve.

But the troubling news.

And now, the opportunity.

Given the plateau in depression remission, we offer these words of wisdom from Henry Ford: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Here are examples of constructive action:

Measurement is the starting place. Improvement is necessary. Results are the goal.

All stakeholders have a role to play — health plans, care systems and clinics, providers, nonprofits, coalitions, and employers. Let’s hold ourselves accountable for aligning efforts to drive meaningful improvement in depression remission. We can’t let another year go by.

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning. “
​–​ Benjamin Franklin

Liz and Deb

Deb Krause is Vice President for Minnesota Health Action Group; Liz Cinqueonce is Chief Operating Officer for MN Community Measurement.