Today, one in five adults experience a mental health condition. Combined, that’s over 40 million Americans.

The single greatest barrier to mental healthcare services is access to providers. In response to this lack of convenience, McLaren Hospital and the Michigan State University College of Nursing have joined together to break down this barrier.

In 2016, McLaren Greater Lansing gifted $1.5 million to MSU to establish the Endowed Chair for Behavioral Mental Health Nursing Education, The College of Nursing’s first endowed chair position. The position creates a partnership with the MSU College of Nursing and McLaren Greater Lansing and intends to increase access to and improve mental and behavioral health in the community.

“McLaren and MSU have a legacy of partnering to improve health care services, advance research, and train future caregivers. This endowment brings us closer together to address the mental health\needs of Michigan and beyond,” said Tom Mee, President and CEO at McLaren Greater Lansing. “This commitment is much more than an investment in an endowment; this is a commitment to collectively work together to break down the greatest barrier to mental health care services – access to providers.”

The Endowed Chair for Behavioral Mental Health Nursing education supports the development of nursing competencies in this priority area related to evidence-based care and improved patient outcomes among undergraduate and graduate students, as well as McLaren Nursing staff.

“The Endowed Chair [for Behavioral Mental Health Nursing education] bridges MSU faculty and students with the McClaren Greater Lansing nursing team by improving mental health in the community,” said Dean Randolph Rasch. “Together, we work on the front lines with patients, addressing the ongoing education needs of nurses, developing their behavioral health nursing skills and building a healthier community.”

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