Positive Aging Act of 2013

APA supports legislation to serve older adults and promote integrated care.

APA sent a June 7 letter of support (PDF, 77KB) for the reintroduction of the Positive Aging Act of 2013 (S. 1119) to the bill’s co-sponsors, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. The Positive Aging Act is designed to make mental health services for older adults an integral part of primary care services in community settings and to extend these services to other settings where older adults reside and receive care. The evidence-based services under this legislation would be provided by interdisciplinary teams of mental health professionals working in collaboration with other providers of health and social services. By supporting collaboration between interdisciplinary teams of mental health professionals and other providers of health and social services, the legislation promotes an integrated approach to addressing the health and well-being of our nation’s growing and increasingly diverse older adult population.

Specifically, the Positive Aging Act would provide essential mental health services for older adults by authorizing SAMHSA to:

  • Support demonstration projects to integrate mental health services in primary care settings.

  • Support grants for community-based mental health treatment outreach teams.

  • Designate a deputy director for older adult mental health services in the Center for Mental Health Services.

  • Include representatives of older Americans or their families and geriatric mental health professionals on the advisory council for the Center for Mental Health Services.

  • Include targeting substance abuse in older adults in projects of national significance.

  • Require state plans under Community Mental Health Services Block Grants to include descriptions of the states’ outreach to and services for older individuals.

APA will continue to work with APA members and experts in the field, and in concert with key partners and coalitions to advocate for the successful enactment of this important piece of legislation.

Organizational Supporters

  • Alliance for Aging Research

  • Alzheimer's Association

  • American Academy of Nursing, Expert Panel on Aging

  • American Assisted Living Nurses Association

  • American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

  • American Association for Long Term Care Nursing

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

  • American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination

  • American Association on Health and Disability

  • American Counseling Association

  • American Geriatrics Society

  • American Group Psychotherapy Association

  • American Mental Health Counselors Association

  • American Psychological Association

  • American Society on Aging

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America

  • Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare

  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

  • Concept Healthcare, LLC

  • Council on Social Work Education

  • Direct Care Alliance

  • Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York

  • Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association

  • Gerontological Society of America

  • Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

  • Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging

  • Jewish Federations of North America

  • Kentucky Mental Health and Aging Coalition

  • Leading Age

  • Mental Health America

  • Mental Health America of Indiana

  • MultiCare Good Samaritan Behavioral Health

  • National Alliance for Caregiving

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • National Association for Geriatric Education

  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

  • National Association of Geriatric Education Centers

  • National Association of PASRR Professionals

  • National Association of Social Workers

  • National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

  • National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

  • National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

  • National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

  • National Council on Aging

  • National Senior Citizens Law Center

  • National Senior Corps Association

  • New Hampshire Coalition on Mental Health and Aging

  • Oklahoma Mental Health and Aging Coalition

  • OWL — The Voice of Midlife and Older Women

  • Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition

  • Psychologists in Long Term Care

  • Witness Justice

Updated Aug. 7, 2013