BLOOMINGTON — People with chronic mental illness die — on average — 10 to 20 years earlier than other people because they are less likely to get adequate physical health care, said advance practice nurse Melinda Roth. "Mental illness is associated with chronic physical illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and pulmonary disease," Roth said last week at the Center for Human Services (CHS), McLean County's mental health agency, where she is psychiatric services program manager.
In response, Roth and representatives of the Community Health Care Clinic and Home Sweet Home Ministries have developed an innovative solution. Beginning July 25 and continuing on the fourth Monday afternoon of each month, a mobile health clinic will operate at CHS, 108 W. Market St., for CHS patients without a primary care physician.
The clinic will provide primary care exams by a Community Health Care Clinic nurse practitioner, followed by an assessment by Home Sweet Home's outreach coordinator to see whether additional community support could assist the patient.
"This is holistic care," Roth said. "It's going to mean a quality of life that they deserve to have."
"It just makes sense," said Matt Burgess, Home Sweet Home (HSH) chief operating officer. "This level of innovation and creativity among longstanding organizations is what it takes to address physical and mental health needs and homelessness in a cost-effective manner."
The mobile health clinic is an expansion of the HSH/Community Health Care Clinic mobile health project… To read the full article visit link below: