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This series provides special opportunity to learn about critical behavioral health conditions and problems affecting older adults, including prescription medication misuse and abuse, suicide, depression, and anxiety and evidence-based prevention and treatment programs to address these problems.

In addition to the webinar series a complimentary series of issue briefs were developed to address behavioral health issues that are important to older Americans.  The issue brief series focuses on issues of suicide, anxiety and depression, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and alcohol abuse.

  • Prescription Medication Misuse and Abuse
    The first webinar in this series will focuses prescription medication misuse and abuse, which is a growing and deadly problem among older adults, especially the Baby Boomers. This webinar discusses the prevalence of, risk factors for, and impact of psychoactive medication misuse and abuse on older adults. Featured in this webinar are effective screening tools and strategies, specifically Screening and Brief Intervention, which identify older adults at risk for psychoactive medication misuse/abuse and intervene as appropriate.
  • Screening and Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Psychoactive Medication Misuse & Abuse
    Recent research has highlighted the growing problem of alcohol and psychoactive medication misuse and abuse among older adults and the importance of early intervention to prevent these problems. Screening and Brief Interventions (SBI) is an evidence-based program to prevent and intervene early for alcohol and medication misuse for older adults at risk. This webinar presents the steps involved in SBI, screening instruments and intervention workbook and lessons learned from the Florida BRITE Project. The webinar also addresses strategies for effective implementation of SBI, including adapting and embedding SBI in existing programs and fidelity in implementation.
  • Depression, Anxiety and Suicide Prevention
    This webinar provides an overview on depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention and background on state and local actions to implement evidence-based programs to address these issues. Speakers include Steve Bartels, from Dartmouth Medical School, Nancy Wilson, from Baylor College of Medicine, and Cheryl Evans-Pryor, from Aging Resources of Central Iowa.
  • Alcohol and Psychoactive Medication Misuse/Abuse Prevention
    Alcohol and prescription medication misuse and abuse are significant, growing and often under-recognized problems among older adults. This webinar discusses the prevalence of, risk factors for and impact of alcohol and psychoactive medication misuse/abuse on older adults as well as strategies for early intervention to prevent alcohol and medication misuse. Featured in this webinar is the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), which identifies older adults at risk for alcohol and medication misuse/abuse and intervenes as appropriate. Actions that state and local agencies can use to implement effective programs are highlighted, with a specific focus on strategies used in the FL BRITE project.
  • Partnerships: Key to Behavioral Health Service Success
    Community service leaders present their experience developing and maintaining partnerships in SAMHSA grants to "Enhance Older Adult Behavioral Services.” Partnerships between behavioral health services and Area Agencies on Aging and community aging service providers are highlighted along with partnerships with primary health care, hospitals, consumer organizations and others.
  • Financing and Sustaining Behavioral Health Interventions Webinar
    This webinar addresses current concerns regarding securing sustainable financing to continue the new services focused on prevention of suicide and prescription drug misuse and abuse among older adults. The webinar also covers financing for alcohol misuse/abuse prevention as well as depression care services.
  • Reaching and Engaging Older Adults in Behavioral Health
    Leaders from research and community organizations share promising approaches to reach and engage older adults in prevention and early intervention for depression, and alcohol and medication misuse. Presenters discuss successful strategies to engage different racial and ethnic minority elders, immigrants, LGBT seniors, men and women.
  • Suicide Prevention
    This webinar discusses risk factors for suicide, screening tools, effective prevention interventions and provide information about suicide prevention resources available from SAMHSA. 
  • Caregivers as Partners and Clients of Behavioral Health Services
    This webinar discusses the role of caregivers in caring for older adults with behavioral health problems such as depression, anxiety and alcohol and prescription drug misuse/abuse and explores the mental health impact that the caregiving role has on lives of caregiver themselves.

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