The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of psychiatric consultations and associated recommendations on symptoms, treatment cost, course of treatment, service utilization, and general functioning of individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness including: schizophrenia or a related psychotic disorder, bipolar illness, or major depression. During the course of the study, subjects will participate in a baseline study visit followed by follow-up study visits at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months after the baseline visit. At these visits, standard ratings of symptom severity and cognitive functioning will be performed. Information about the subject’s current treatment, medication, medication side effects, employment, living situation, quality of life and service utilization (such as ER visits or hospitalizations) will be obtained. Physical health assessments consisting of measurement of weight, height, waist circumference, vital signs, and standard physical examination will also be performed. Subjects will be paid $50 for study visits 1, 4, and 5 and $30 for visits 2 and 3 (if completed in person), or $25 each visit if completed by phone.
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