National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging
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:
assure access to affordable, comprehensive services — Kim Williams, Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of NY,
integration of behavioral health into PHC, LTSS, community services — Chair: Anita Rosen, American Society on Aging,
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
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.