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Individuals with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) suff er from higher rates of co-morbid medical illness, are twice as likely to develop diabetes, hypertension and obesity and have a life expectancy that is on average 25 years less than the general population. Factors reducing mortality in this population include healthy diet, regular exercise, smoking cessation, and access to primary care. Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) is a SAMHSA funded service grant to implement a model of improving access to and engagement with primary care and wellness resources for the adult outpatient population at Worcester’s Community Healthlink (CHL) in Massachusetts. CHL is partnering with the Family Health Center of Worcester in order to provide onsite primary care for this high risk population.

Originally published as: Research in the Works, Issue 2, 2011.

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Access to Care, Mental Health and Primary Care, Service Systems, Wellness

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Marie Hobart


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