National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging

Priorities include access to services and provider and faculty shortages

At its March meeting, National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (NCMHA) members were updated on the results of a survey of its members through which four priorities for action in 2012-2013 were adopted. The four priorities and chairs for those working groups are: 

  1. assure access to affordable, comprehensive services — Kim Williams, Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of NY, 

  2. integration of behavioral health into PHC, LTSS, community services — Chair: Anita Rosen, American Society on Aging, 

  3. designation of older adult mental health leader /coordinator in AoA, other HHS and other federal, state and local agencies — Chair: Willard Mays, National Association for PASRR Professionals, and 

  4. address severe provider and faculty shortages — Co-chairs: Deborah DiGilio, APA, and Gail Hunt, National Alliance for Caregiving. Psychology was well represented at this last meeting with Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD, representing Psychologists in Long Term Care, Michele Karel, PhD, representing the VA, George Niederehe, PhD, representing NIMH, and Deborah DiGilio, MPH, and Diane Elmore, PhD, representing APA.