Monday, April 17 2017

1 p.m.
Monday, Apr 17, 2017 1 p.m.

Individuals with mental illnesses may not access primary care services for varied and complex reasons. Studies over the past decade have shown how people with mental illnesses experience significant health disparities - including higher rates of chronic medical conditions, higher use of hospital emergency departments and increased rates of early death from preventable conditions. Behavioral health providers have a number of opportunities to incorporate primary care and wellness programs into their services. Join this webinar to hear what research tells us about best practices in increasing access to primary care, and gain practical tips from a SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grantee on how to influence a variety of internal and external factors to increase engagement in health and wellness activities.

In this free webinar, participants will gain:

  • Understand the leading reasons why individuals with serious mental illness may not access primary care
  • Gain strategies for how to engage people with mental illness in primary care and wellness services
  • Identify resources that offer additional information on integrating primary care and wellness services


  • Leopoldo J. Cabassa, PhD, MSW, Assistant Director, Columbia University School of Social Work

  • Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor/ Director of Peer Services and Research, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry Program for Recovery and Community Health