PArtners in Mental Health Summit
The PArtners in Mental Health Summit: Proceedings and Recommendations describes four strategies identified at a June 2017 convening. “This meeting and these recommendations are the first steps to identifying strategic and innovative ways to further integrate PAs in the delivery of mental health services,” said Ted Wendel, Ph.D., and chair of the board of the nccPA Health Foundation, which convened the summit.
The recommendations form a framework intended to catalyze dialogue and activities that leverage the role and capacity of PAs and partners to address the mental health and substance use disorder crises facing the nation.
“The shared goal of those participating is to enable the PA community to make an exponential difference in this complex, national problem. By leveraging the capacity of PAs and partners to meet mental and behavioral health needs, we hope to improve overall health.”
The Summit brought together more than 30 healthcare leaders, including PAs in psychiatry, other disciplines, and education as well as interprofessional champions and mental health experts. Leaders from the AAPA, ARC-PA, NCCPA, PAEA, and PAF continue to work with the nccPA Health Foundation as a steering committee to guide this effort.
Read the press releases announcing the Summit and Recommendations.
Sustaining this Work
On the Summit’s one-year anniversary, the PArtners in Mental Health steering committee, composed of leaders of the six largest PA organizations and PA and interprofessional champions, met at the nccPA Health Foundation office. The steering committee celebrated first-year successes; update the initiative’s environmental scan; and worked to broaden and deepen commitment to this work by identifying actionable strategies for further exploration in 2018, 2019, and beyond. The steering committee affirmed its continuing commitment to a collective impact to advance the roles of PAs and strengthen partnerships to address issues impacting mental health and substance use disorders. Read the PArtners in Mental Health Initiative: Stakeholders Report 2018.
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