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Physical and Behavioral Health Initiatives

Health care reform is upon us and the behavioral health system is focused, more than ever, on person-centered approaches and recovery oriented services. Included in behavioral health care reform is attention to physical health for individuals with serious mental illness who are dying an average of 25 years younger than the general population. Cardiac events alone account for more deaths than suicides; therefore, the monitoring of key cardiometabolic health indicators among behavioral health providers is vitally necessary for improving the quality of life for individuals with serious mental illness as well as preventing expensive health care costs.

Increased morbidity and mortality for individuals with serious mental illness is largely due to treatable medical conditions caused by modifiable risk factors including:

    • Medications; especially atypical antipsychotic drugs which effect weight gain, dyslipidemia and glucose metabolism
    • High rates of smoking and other substance use
    • Lack of weight management, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity
    • Lack of access to/utilization of preventive community healthcare, including health promotion services and resources
    • Poverty
    • Social isolation

CIMH Physical Health/Behavioral Health Integration - Online Learning:

Physical Health/Behavioral Health - Online webinars:

Please click on each of the physical/behavioral health sections to learn more about results from various NYCCP physical health initiatives, information about the physical health of individuals enrolled in care coordination programs, NYCCP's physical health toolkit for behavioral health providers, and physical/behavioral health education and training opportunities.

SAMHSA's 10x10 Wellness Campaign: