Online Course: Supporting the Medical Care of People Living with Serious Mental Illness

People living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than people in the general population, largely due to cardiovascular diseases like strokes and heart attacks.

In recent years, behavioral health agencies have taken on responsibility to monitor and support the health status of their clients.

To support this vital work, HealthierHere partnered with the University of Washington AIMS Center to develop this online course, now available on the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC) website. 

For Case Managers

Case managers in behavioral health agencies form the backbone of efforts to improve the medical outcomes of people living with serious mental illness. This course is designed to prepare case managers for this work.

Course Details

This online course reviews the reality of increased premature mortality in people living with serious mental illness, explores the medical and social causes of this increased mortality as well as approaches to reducing it and introduces some practical tools and approaches to improving health in the populations case managers serve.

By the end of this course, a case manager will be able to:

    • Recognize the reality of premature mortality of people living with serious mental illness
    • Describe the medical conditions related to premature mortality
    • Describe the significance of the case manager role in addressing premature mortality
    • Use effective techniques to support client health behaviors
    • Engage with behavioral health colleagues to support client outcomes
    • Use tools to help clients improve interactions with the primary care system

The course is organized into a series of online modules. We recommend completing the modules in order, as each builds on lessons learned in the previous module. 

After completing the online course, a post-training survey and certificate of completion are available.

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Access the Free Course

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This online course was developed by the AIMS Center at the University of Washington in partnership with HealthierHere