Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative
The state is investing in senior behavioral health to better meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities by improving access to care, and by making sure that providers work together to provide coordinated, high-quality physical and behavioral health care.
The goal is improved quality of life for older adults. And over time, through sharing and adoption of best practices, the cost of care will actually be reduced.
This investment will place 25 professionals who specialize in behavioral health for older adults in local and regional community mental health programs. Their role will be to improve the ability of each community’s behavioral health system to provide the type of services older adults need. They will work closely with local aging services staff as well as primary care providers and hospitals.