A cornerstone to assuring quality health care is more effective integration of behavioral health and physical health care services and person-centered care. SSMH seeks to improve the wellness of our client population by integrating health and behavioral health services, reducing the reliance on episodic acute care, empowering clients, and enhancing sustainable relationships with Primary Care Providers.
Integration of care offers the opportunity of enhancing the wellness of clients living with serious and persistent mental illness. The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors reports that "persons with serious mental illness die on average between 13.5 - 32.2 years younger than the general population." This is due to co-occurring physical illnesses which contribute to high morbidity and mortality.
Our motivated, experienced staff with diverse expertise and strong leadership makes this possible. We can build on our current organizational structure, programming, and client base. With these initiatives we will improve the quality and cost effectiveness of care, while advancing our mission and adapting to the changes in the health care field. SSMH will be recognized as the behavioral health partner of choice.
Harry Shulman, LICSW
South Shore Mental Health