More than 10 million adults in the United States, or 4.2 percent of the population, have a serious mental illness (SMI), such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder. People with SMI are likely to die 13 to 30 years earlier than those who don’t have SMI, according to multiple studies. A primary reason for this disparity is preventable medical conditions, such as those linked with obesity and smoking. People with SMI are more at risk for such conditions and often don’t receive the basic care needed to manage or prevent them. This session highlighted different approaches to addressing barriers to care for people with SMI.

Session Materials:


Sonya Ballentine
Project Manager
Illinois Institute of Technology College of Psychology
Presentation Slides

Chyrell Bellamy, MSW, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Yale University
Presentation Slides | PCORI-funded Research Project

James Schuster, MD, MBA
Vice President of Behavioral Integration and Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral, Medicaid and Special Needs Services
UPMC Insurance Services Division​
Presentation Slides | PCORI-funded Research Project


Elisabeth Houtsmuller, PhD
Associate Director, Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research
Presentation Slides


David Kelley, MD, MPA
Chief Medical Officer, Office of Medical Assistance Programs
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

This session was eligible for continuing education credit.


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