“Families that are competent, informed consumers in the mental healthcare marketplace experience recovery and quality of life faster.” -Tom
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My Professional Story
Over the past 30 years, I have always worked in some capacity serving persons affected by mental illness . The totality of those years has allowed me to understand how mental illness erodes a person’s quality of life by undermining independence, financial viability, and long term wellness. My career has taken me to many health and disability arenas - from community mental health, to disability management in the workplace, to psychiatric interventions across the US, to estate and trust planning for persons with disability. I have been privileged to be part of it all.
Navigating The World Of Mental Healthcare
The world of hospitals, therapists, psychiatrists, and addiction treatment does a great job marketing its services to families ... but makes little or no effort to help them understand it, shop for it, or identify providers who deliver real outcomes. Then, there is the financial cost of treatment and aftercare. Most families want to make investments in quality treatment that (hopefully) will deliver sustained recovery - but cannot judge who or where is the best place to invest precious family treasure. Why? because this mental healthcare world does not measure quality outcomes.
My Next Innovation In Mental Healthcare
Family Psych Consumer is a new start-up to help parent and family caregivers competently understand and navigate the mental healthcare delivery system in the U.S.
Family Psych Consumer provides a unique resource for families dealing with mental illness. Each week join Tom O’Connor, a national expert in mental health recovery, for a candid and inspired navigation of America’s mental health system. Whether you're a parent or a family caregiver, Tom will deliver to you the best critical thinking, training, and support to de-mystify the world of therapy, rehab, and psychiatric care for your loved ones – and recover your own wellness along the way.