Missouri places great importance on decreasing morbidity and mortality in persons with mental illness. The report, Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness, published in 2006 and coauthored by Missouri Department of Mental Health medical director, Joseph Parks, MD, reported that “People with serious mental illness (SMI) die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population.” Premature death and disease among the mentally ill population are largely due to preventable conditions. One way Missouri addresses this problem by focusing on integrated care. Specific initiatives include using data analytics through health technology support with Care Management Technologies, coordinating patients’ behavioral and medical services, and developing local mental health services that address overall health. Missouri also fosters and develops collaboration between Community Mental Health Centers and Federal Qualified Health Centers, hospital partnerships, and healthcare homes as a strategy for better managing overall health.
For more information, you can find the full study in National Council Magazine.
CITATION: Kyles, W., Connor, K., 2010. “Show Me” the Integration. National Council Magazine, (3), 37-38.