For nearly half-a-century, Netsmart has had the privilege of working with leaders in the health and human services community. It has been a powerful partnership for us thanks to your inspiration and guidance for innovating solutions that help provide consumers with the better lives they yearn for. We have learned a lot over the last 50 years.
Among lessons learned: The body affects the mind and the mind affects the body. For example, people with severe mental illness are likely to die 25 years earlier than those who do not have a mental illness. It’s an alarming statistic that becomes even more startling when you learn that these fatalities occur mainly because of chronic medical conditions (such as obesity, diabetes or infections), most of which can be prevented, treated or managed. These medical illnesses contribute more to premature deaths among people with severe mental illness than suicide.
There is a need for integrated, coordinated, whole-person care.