LATEST RESOURCES

2021 Mood Disorder Survey

On August 24 2021, the National Alliance on Mental Illness published findings from the 2021 Mood Disorder Survey, coordinated by The Harris Poll. Overall, the Survey finds treatment costs and stigma are major barriers to accessing care for mood disorders. To access the full news release, go to: https://www.nami.org/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2021/Survey-Finds-Treatment-Cost-and-Stigma-Are-Major-Barriers-to-Accessing-Care-for-Mood-Disorders To access key findings from the Survey and the full report, go to: https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Publications-Reports/Survey-Reports/2021-Mood-Disorder-Survey

The Importance of Screening for Brain Injury in Older Adults: Case Studies of Success

On May 25, 2021, the National Council on Aging hosted a webinar entitled: ”The Importance of Screening for Brain Injury in Older Adults: Case Studies of Success” Older adults have the highest rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) – related hospitalizations, with a leading cause being from falls. Recognizing this connection, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2020 allows States to use Older Americans Act funding for TBI screenings. This webinar provides an overview of the magnitude of the connection between older adult falls and brain injury, and provides stories from two states who have trained aging professionals on screening protocols. Presenters:
  • Rebeccah Wolfkiel, MPP, Executive Director, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA)
  • Monica A. Lichi, MS, MBA, CCRP, Director, Ohio Brain Injury Program, Director, Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation, College of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Gabriela Lawrence-Soto, Grant – Project Manager, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Community Based Services Department, Statewide Head Injury Program
Please visit the link here to access the webinar recording and slide deck.

Caring for an Aging Nation

The Kaiser Family Foundation has issued a report entitled, Caring for an Aging Nation. The report includes a series of infographics on aging issues. Download a copy of the report here. Or you can also access the report at. https://khn.org/news/article/caring-for-an-aging-nation/

Recording of NCOA Webinar on Screening for Brain Injury in Older Adults and Illinois TBI Resources

On May 25, 2021, the National Council on Aging hosted a webinar entitled: ”The Importance of Screening for Brain Injury in Older Adults: Case Studies of Success” synopsis: Older adults have the highest rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) – related hospitalizations, with a leading cause being from falls. Recognizing this connection, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2020 allows States to use Older Americans Act funding for TBI screenings. This webinar provides an overview of the magnitude of the connection between older adult falls and brain injury, and provides stories from two states who have trained aging professionals on screening protocols. Presenters:
  • Rebeccah Wolfkiel, MPP, Executive Director, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA)
  • Monica A. Lichi, MS, MBA, CCRP, Director, Ohio Brain Injury Program, Director, Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation, College of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Gabriela Lawrence-Soto, Grant – Project Manager, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Community Based Services Department, Statewide Head Injury Program
Please visit the link here to access the webinar recording and slide deck. We thank NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging for sharing this information with us.

SAMHSA Resources

SAMHSA now has a landing page for our resources for older adults. CMS has recently notified and reminded beneficiaries and providers that Medicare covers mental health preventive services, including the initial preventive physical examination, annual wellness visit, and depression screening. CMS suggested that during Mental Health Month, that providers talk to their patients about their emotional, psychological, and social well-being – and that patients pay nothing if providers accept assignment. More information can be found at: COVID-19 Anxiety Cognitive Aging Crisis Response Diversity Dementia Depression Elder Abuse Family Caregiving General Mental and Behavioral Health Integrated Health Care
  • Older Adults (SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions)
Medicare Evidence-Based Practices/Model Programs Public Policy Serious Mental Illness Substance Abuse Suicide Prevention Trauma Veterans Workforce Useful Information for State and Local Mental Health and Aging Coalitions Other Resources