Diabetes and the Serious Mentally Ill: A Case Study


  • Michael Swerdlow Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services
  • Andrea Servil Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services
  • Nabeehad Abdus-Salaam Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services
  • Aisha Ali Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services
  • Russell Goerner Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services


Diabetes, Serious Mental Illness, Interventions


The physical health disparities of people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness have increasingly become a concern. This population not only shares a higher level of morbidity but also has a life span between 10 to 20 less than the general population. The main contributor to early death is metabolic syndrome, not suicide or injury (Fiorillo and Sartorius:2021).   Various pilot programs have been developed over the last decade to address this disparity. These include the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMHSA) funding of primary care sites at mental health centers and Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHC). Despite these programs' importance, individuals enrolled in programs for assertive community treatment (PACT or ACT teams) continue to face difficulties engaging in consistent medical care. This article will describe the efforts of a PACT team to implement a population health approach to diabetes management. 




How to Cite

Swerdlow, M., Servil, A., Abdus-Salaam, N., Ali, A., & Goerner, R. (2023). Diabetes and the Serious Mentally Ill: A Case Study. Social Innovations Journal, 20. Retrieved from https://socialinnovationsjournal.com/index.php/sij/article/view/6591