The Gospels include many stories of mentally ill persons
who had been ostracized from society, condemned to a life of suffering,
isolation and indignity. Jesus responded with compassion and healing, restoring
these persons to health, their families and communities.
It is this example which Catholic health care seeks to embody by serving and
advocating for those whose social condition puts them at the margins of society
and especially vulnerable to discrimination. Persons diagnosed with psychiatric
disorders are often among this group.
Data indicate that persons with mental illness suffer disproportionately from
chronic disease, addiction, poverty, homelessness, incarceration and premature
death, including death from accidents, homicide and suicide. According to the
World Health Organization, mental illness results in more disability in
developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and
heart disease. In the United States, mental disorders are among the costliest
conditions, yet a large percentage of persons with serious mental illness go
without care every year.
This webinar explores the stigma of mental illness and the ongoing challenges
associated with access and reimbursement for behavioral health care. Presenters
will discuss how Avera Health has addressed these challenges through a
commitment to human dignity, stewardship and justice in the development, funding
and provision of behavioral health services. Unique and emerging ethical issues
in clinical behavioral health care will also be explored.
Presenters: Mary Hill, JD, BSN, MA, Vice President of Ethics, Avera Health,
Sioux Falls, S.D. and Steve Lindquist, Vice President of Behavioral Health
Services, Avera Health, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Run Time: 75 minutes