NASMHPD's Webinar on Understanding and Addressing Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness

It has been known for several years that persons with serious mental illness die younger than the general population and the rate of serious morbidity (illness) and mortality (death) in this population has accelerated. Persons with serious mental illness (SMI) are now dying 25 years earlier than the general population. Their increased morbidity and mortality are largely due to treatable medical conditions that are caused by modifiable risk factors such as smoking, obesity, substance abuse, and inadequate access to medical care. The NASMHPD Medical Directors Council has produced a series of reports on the causes of excess morbidity and mortality in this population and making recommendations to improve their care. These reports present a roadmap for strategic approaches to reduce excess illness and premature death among the persons served by State Mental Health Authorities.  In this webinar, Dr. Parks provides a comprehensive overview of this key public health issue.


  • Joesph Parks, M.D., Chief Clinical Officer for the Missouri Dept. of Mental Health

Date of webinar: August 1, 2013

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For questions or additional information about the webinar, please contact Tim Tunner, TA Project Coordinator, Office of Technical Assistance, NASMHPD.