Persons with serious mental illness die approximately 25 years younger than the general population, largely due to treatable medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. In this presentation, Dr. Joseph Parks will discuss the factors that contribute to increased mortality rates and how they can be reduced through the application of practical cooperative care strategies between primary care and behavioral health establishments. He will also outline additional benefits of the integration of care, including the reduction over-medicating, better understanding of service utilization, and a broader tracking of compliance.
Joseph Parks, MD
Joseph Parks, MD, serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health in Jefferson City. He holds the position of Distinguished Research Professor of Science at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and Director of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health. In addition, he serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri, Department of Psychiatry in Columbia and as President of the Medical Director’s Council of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. He practices psychiatry on an outpatient basis at Family Health Center, a federally funded community health center established to expand services to uninsured and underinsured patients in the Columbia area. He recently served as the Division Director for the Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
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