198069 Premature death of public health clients: Need for social work practice that links specialty and primary care

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 11:10 AM

Ronald William Manderscheid, PhD , Global Health Sector, SRA International, Mental Health and Substance Use Programs, Rockville, MD
Recent research shows that public mental health clients dies 25 years younger than other Americans because they do not receive appropriate care. Major sources of these health problems include lifestyle factors, lack of hope, and the metabolic syndrome. This presentation will review the findings from this research; examine implications for new integrated service delivery systems that span specialty, primary and human services; and highlight the key role that social work can play in improving the quality of care delivered to this population. Attention to this issue is urgent, since National Health and Health Care Reform will be taking up system reform through consideration of medical/health home models. Social work must be at the table in the national debate and in the community leading major care integration efforts.

Learning Objectives:
Identify the 25 year life differential between public mental health clients and other Americans, and describe root causes. Explain new intervention models that link specialty, primary, and human services care for this population. Demonstrate the key role that social workers can play in fostering these new systems of care.

Keywords: Mental Health System, Quality of Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: NA

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a primary researcher on premature mortality in public mental health consumers, and I have played a key role in the past 3 years to develop systems to address this issue.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
SRA International Mental Health and Substance Use Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.