The National Council for Behavioral Health is made up of health care organizations across the United States, committed to the concept of all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. In this episode, Dr. Joe Parks, Medical Director for the National Council, shares facts and opinions on many topics, including the use of telepsychiatry, the homeless crisis, and the shortage of psychiatrists. He also addresses the questions of why there are so many individuals with schizophrenia in prison and how we can get all people the same quality of care, no matter their financial situation.


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National Council Show Highlights:

“I asked my driver [why I saw no homeless people on the streets in Canada]. And he turned to me and said slowly, as if he were talking to a third grader, ‘We give them housing.’” ~ Dr. Joe Parks

[2:51]   Dr. Parks speaks on the pros and cons of telepsychiatry.

[4:30]   Choosing one’s own path to recovery.

[7:21]   Why are there so many people with schizophrenia in prison?

[8:59]   The homeless epidemic in the U.S.

[18:19] What is the National Council and what does it do?

[23:55] What to do about the psychiatrist shortage.

[26:01] How can we get everyone to receive the same quality of care?



About Our Guest

Dr. Joe Parks is the Medical Director for the National Council for Behavioral Health. He has nearly two decades of experience with public health. He was named director of the Missouri HealthNet Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services in 2013. Dr. Parks also holds the position of Distinguished Research Professor of Science at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri, Department of Psychiatry in Columbia. He practices psychiatry on an outpatient basis at Family Health Center, a federally funded community health center established to expand services to uninsured and underinsured patients in central Missouri.


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