Mental Health on the Forefront of Issues for Certified Physician Assistants | Business Wire
LEESBURG, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Six national Physician Assistant (PA) organizations came together this
past week to identify how to impact the mental health crisis in this
country. The PArtners in Mental Health Summit, attended by nearly three
dozen healthcare leaders, resulted in a unified commitment to work
together to address the challenges of identifying and treating this
critical patient care issue. The six organizations included:
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the PA
American Academy of PAs
National Commission on Certification of PAs
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Ted Wendel, Ph.D., chair of the board of the nccPA Health Foundation,
notes that approximately one in five adults in the U.S. experiences
mental illness every year. He noted: “Certified PAs are on the front
lines of healthcare, treating over 8 million patients a week, many with
chronic illnesses and multiple comorbidities. Mental illness is often
associated with these conditions. PAs have a unique opportunity to
evaluate patients and offer a treatment or referral at this point of
Leveraging a collective impact strategy, the six organizations
acknowledged the need to engage and equip all PAs to address mental and
behavioral health needs and developed a framework to create and
implement programs that'll enable them to do that.
The summit was convened and supported by the nccPA Health Foundation.
About the NCCPA and the nccPA Health Foundation
Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the
only certifying organization for PAs in the United States. The PA-C
credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification,
certification maintenance and recertification requirements. There are
more than 115,500 Certified PAs in the U.S. today.
Health Foundation is a supporting organization of NCCPA. The nccPA
Health Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to
advance the role of Certified PAs to improve health. The Foundation is
focused on building PA workforce capacity in the areas of mental health
and wellness and oral health as part of overall health. It also funds
grants to equip and encourage Certified PAs and PA students to promote
more equitable care.
Mary Rittle, Director of Communications