Facilitating Healthcare and Quality Improvement Series
Joseph Parks, MD
Director, MO HealthNet
Dear Mental Health Case Manager,
As a mental health practitioner, you will encounter many clients with comorbid physical and mental illnesses. People with serious mental illness suffer significantly higher rates of chronic medical conditions than the general population and die, on average, 25 years younger. These increased levels of morbidity and mortality are largely due to preventable causes including a high prevalence of modifiable risk factors, a lack of adequate preventative care, and the side effects of some psychiatric medicines. Chronic medical illness is a major obstacle to recovery from serious mental illness. To be successful, we must attend to the overall wellness of those we serve.
It is the duty of mental health practitioners to advocate for the physical wellness of their clients. Mental health providers have a responsibility to ensure that their clients have access to preventive healthcare, and to contribute to the integration of their clients’ behavioral and medical care.In this series of videos, you will find information about the unique health challenges your clients face, and how those challenges can be reduced through the application of practical cooperative care strategies linking primary care and behavioral health establishments.Thank you for taking the time to review this important information.
Facilitating Healthcare Series
Quality Improvement Series