GERIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH HEARING

posted Jan 22, 2014, 6:52 AM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Jan 22, 2014, 7:05 AM ]
This oversight hearing was held on 1/16. Numerous individuals spoke and and advocated for the availability of appropriate and accessible mental health services for elders....CLICK TITLE FOR MORE... Many cases were given as examples of the result when services are not provided. Recommendations included:

  • Developing assessment services which are appropriate for this population;
  • Organizing mobile services which go to elders in their home and community;
  • Payments for travel by therapists who visit elders in the community or their own home;
  • Training for therapists and others who assist elders with their mental health/behavioral challenges;
  • Education for PCPs and other providers about both the stigma associated with this population and the effectiveness of mental health therapies for this population.
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