People with serious mental illness suffer significantly higher rates of chronic medical conditions than the general population and die, on average, 25 years younger. These increased levels of morbidity and mortality are largely due to preventable causes including a high prevalence of modifiable risk factors, a lack of adequate preventative care, and the side effects of some psychiatric medicines. Chronic medical illness is a major obstacle to recovery from serious mental illness. Mental health providers have a responsibility to ensure that their clients have access to preventive healthcare, and to contribute to the integration of their clients’ behavioral and medical care.
Presenter: Joseph Parks, MD
Joseph Parks, MD, is the current Director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services. He previously served 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.
The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and will maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. MIMH will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this program. MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.
This module will talk about early mental health care centers in the state of Missouri including State Hospital Number One in Fulton, the St. Louis County Insane Asylum, and the Saint Louis Hospital for Social Evils. The history of these hospitals, the treatments offered patients, and the management of people with mental illness as affected by social and medical movements form the core of this presentation.
The program provides information about offenders incarcerated in state of Missouri prisons with Substance Abuse problems and Mental Health disorders. Dr. Nolin will discuss some basic challenges faced by offenders with co-occurring disorders face within the correctional system and upon release into the community and reference some evolving interventions and initiatives being implemented by MoDOC and partnering agencies. The session will review some mechanisms being implemented in order to improve the continuity of care for the offenders. Finally the session will identify to ways for concerned citizens and human services professionals to partner with the Department of Corrections to foster offender success in the community.