The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Administration on Aging (AoA) have partnered with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and others to develop a series of issue briefs and webinars to address behavioral health issues that are important to older Americans.
Issue Brief Series
The issue brief series focuses on issues of suicide, anxiety and depression, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and alcohol abuse. The target audience for the Issue Briefs are the local and State Aging Services Network, behavioral health community, and substance abuse providers.
Get an overview of issues, facts, evidence-based programs and practices, partnering opportunities, financing and other resources.
Review examples of strong partnerships for addressing behavioral health issues among older adults.
Get information on and examples of misuse and abuse of alcohol in older adults, as well as information on innovative screening, prevention, intervention, and treatment methods for alcohol and drug misuse among older adults.
Issue Brief 3: Screening and Preventive Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Psychoactive Medication Misuse/Abuse
Learn strategies for health care and social service organizations to provide screening and brief interventions for older adults who misuse alcohol and/or psychoactive prescription medications.
See how health care and social service organizations can prevent suicide in older adults.
Explore strategies for education, screening, and early interventions for prevention of prescription medication misuse and abuse.
View information to help health care and social service organizations develop strategies to serve older adults with depression and anxiety.
Get information on fostering the adoption of evidence-based behavioral health programs and promising practices by state and local service system leaders and learn essential elements of behavioral health practices that support sustainability of services.
Learn strategies for primary and behavioral health care providers to integrate care for older adults.
Review financing and sustainability strategies for providers of behavioral health and supportive services to older adults.
Learn about innovative actions that five community organizations have taken to implement behavioral health programming for older adults and provides recommendations to help care providers implement effective behavioral health services.
Issue Brief 11: Reaching Diverse Older Adult Populations and Engaging Them in Prevention Services and Early Interventions
Identify strategies to reach and engage diverse older adult populations in prevention services and early interventions to address behavioral health concerns.
Explore the behavioral health needs of informal caregivers.
A complimentary webinar series provides a 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.
Get information on prescription medication misuse and abuse, which is a growing and deadly problem among older adults, especially the Baby Boomers.
Learn about Screening and Brief Interventions (SBI), an evidence-based program to prevent and intervene early for alcohol and medication misuse for older adults at risk.
Get an overview of depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention and background on state and local actions to implement evidence-based programs to address these issues.
Learn 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.
Listen to community service leaders present their experience developing and maintaining partnerships in SAMHSA grants to “Enhance Older Adult Behavioral Services.”
Explore 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.
Hear 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.
Get an overview of the risk factors for suicide, screening tools, effective prevention interventions, and suicide prevention resources available from SAMHSA.
Learn about the role of caregivers in caring for older adults with behavioral health problems and the mental health impact that it has on lives of caregivers themselves.
Find more information on behavioral health and older adults in our Resources Library.