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No Wrong Door Initiatives – Improving Behavioral Health Services for Older Adults

The State Department on Aging (SDA) has been a member of the Older Adult Behavioral health Workgroup in Connecticut since its inception in December 2012. This committee came into  being following a  joint federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) /Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Policy Academy.  Members of SDA, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) attended this academy and formed a state committee to produce short and long term goals related to the mental health needs of the older adult population. This  committee soon discovered there was no specific data available on Connecticut’s behavioral system that confirmed anecdotal evidence that older adults’ behavioral health needs were not being met, resulting in a crisis contributing to quality of life issues, higher mortality rates, institutionalization and overall higher healthcare costs for older adults. 

To obtain an accurate picture of the current behavioral health needs of adults 55 years of age and older, the state’s Older Adult Behavioral Health Workgroup  sponsored a year-long, multiphase study beginning in 2014 that identified the barriers and resources (assets) available for older adults with anxiety, depression, substance abuse/misuse, problem gambling and other behavioral health needs.  This study was funded by through an ACL grant to the Aging and Disability Resource Center with a partnership between SDA and DMHAS.

The State Department on Aging and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services released their important findings on this year long initiative on Wednesday, March 9, 2016  at the State Capitol Building.

“Meeting the Needs of Older Adults with Behavioral and Substance Abuse Disorders: A Statewide Asset Mapping Evaluation in Connecticut” 

Appendix F:  Statewide Survey Report

Presentation on November 19, 2015:  “Meeting the Needs of Older Adults with Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders”

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