“The State of Mental Health” is a free discussion that will present the public with an understanding of how coordinated care is being used to treat eating disorders and mood and substance use disorders in the Commonwealth.
"Thousands of Pennsylvanians live with mental illness," said Acting Secretary Ted Dallas. "Through HealthChoices, they can get the care they need to live their lives."
In the United States today:
- 1 in 4 Americans will experience mental illness
- 1 in 4 has substance abuse in their families
- 8.4 million Americans have co-occurring disorders, both a mental illness and substance use disorder
- Only 7% get treatment for both conditions and 56% get no treatment at all.
“Individuals with eating disorders often abuse substances to cope with the painful feelings caused by a distorted body image and low self-esteem,” said Acting Department of Health (DOH) Physician General Rachel Levine. “Coordinated care addresses the whole person to restore individuals to good health.”
Featured speakers at the event will include: Department of Health’s Acting Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ Dr. Kenneth J. Martz, DHS’ Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services’ Medical Director and Chief Psychiatric Officer Dr. Dale Adair, MD, and Chief of Staff Lynn Patrone.
The hour and a half event will be divided into three segments for speaker presentations, roundtable discussion, and a question-and-answer period.
- Dr. Rachel Levine will speak on eating disorders.
- Lynn Patrone will speak on depression and other mood disorders and suicide prevention.
- Dr. Kenneth J. Martz will speak on substance abuse.
- Dr. Dale Adair will speak on coordinated care treatment in the Commonwealth.
For more information about HealthChoices, visit www.HealthChoicesPA.com. For more information about the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, visitwww.parecovery.org. To take an eating disorder screening, visit www.mybodyscreening.org. For more information about drug and treatment services, visit www.ddap.pa.gov.