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  • Lessons Learned on Sustainability of Older Adult Community Behavioral Health Services
    In conjunction with the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this new guide includes tips, resources, and more lessons learned from 12 past SAMSHA and Administration on Aging grantees in older adult behavioral health. The report is focused on older adult behavioral health programs, but the ideas included can be applied to any health program for older adults that’s in need of continued funding. 
  • Older Americans Behavioral Health: Webinar Series
    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.
  • Older Americans Behavioral Health: Issue Brief Series
    The Issue Brief series focuses on issues of suicide, anxiety and depression, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and alcohol abuse.
  • Addressing Depression in Older Adults: Selected Evidence-Based Programs 
    In recognition of the essential role mental health plays in overall health, the Healthy Aging Program at CDC and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) have released two issue briefs focusing on the mental health of older adults.  This issue brief focuses on the topic of depression and highlights several evidence-based programs that communities can use to improve the mental health and quality of life for older adults.
  • Adopting Evidence-Based Depression Interventions for Older Adults
    These action briefs, from CDC's Prevention Research Centers-Healthy Aging Research Network (PRC-HAN), address Overcoming Stigma, three recommended evidence-based programs, a Money Matters brief on funding, and The Basics on how organizations can get started in implementing evidence-based mental health programs.
  • Webinar Series on Healthy Aging and Depression
    The following archived presentations were part of a webinar series on Healthy Aging and Depression supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Aging Program and organized by CDC's Prevention Research Centers-Healthy Aging Research Network (PRC-HAN). A set of 6 action briefs (above) were also created in conjunction with this webinar series.
  • Depression in Older Persons Fact Sheet
    This fact sheet from the National Alliance on Mental Illness provides information on depression in older adults including statistics on prevalence, treatment, symptoms, risk, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Alcohol, Medication and Older Adults- Module 9: Intervention and Treatment
    This free online course offers strategies, tips, and tools for preventing alcohol and medication misuse in older adults.
  • Promoting Older Adult Health: Aging Network Partnerships to Address Medication, Alcohol, and Mental Health Problems 
    This publication is designed to help older adults gain access to needed substance abuse and mental health services by promoting new linkages between well-known, trusted, and heavily utilized providers of aging services and relevant substance abuse and mental health services.
  • SAMHSA Guide to Evidence-Based Practices on the Web
    SAMHSA provides this Web Guide to assist the public with simple and direct connections to Web sites that contain information about interventions to prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders.  The Web Guide provides a list of Web sites that contain information about specific evidence-based practices (EBPs) or provide comprehensive reviews of research findings.
  • Get Connected! Toolkit 
    Get Connected: Linking Older Adults with Medication, Alcohol and Mental Health Resources was designed to enable service providers to undertake health promotion, advance prevention messages and education, and provide screening and referral for mental health problems and the misuse of alcohol and medications. The kit includes a coordinator's guide and program support materials such as education curricula, fact sheets, handouts, forms, and resources.  
  • Mental Health Promotion Toolkit: A Practical Resource for Community Initiatives
    The Mental Health Promotion Tool Kit was produced by the Canadian Mental Health Association, National Office. The kit is a comprehensive guide for communities that wish to undertake mental health promotion initiatives. It contains important details about implementing a mental health promotion program, including examples, strategies, tips and tools.


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