About this course
People who live with serious mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders die on average 25 to 35 years or more prematurely, according to reports published over the past decade. The causes are largely due to preventable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and infectious diseases. Health disparity may be attributed to a number of factors: lifestyle, social, environmental, and poor quality of medical care. It is speculated that the stigma associated with mental illness is a contributing factor as well (Mauer, 2010; Parks, Svendsen, Singer, & Foti, 2006).
Behavioral health case managers have perfected the role of assisting people in managing their chronic mental health conditions. By applying those skills in addressing the whole health needs of these individuals, the case managers become care managers, applying concepts to managing chronic health conditions in tandem with their behavioral health concerns.
As a health and human services professional, an overview of case to care management provides an opportunity for you to build upon your case management skills, incorporate a whole-health approach, and effectively impact the health outcomes of the people you serve.