NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Older Persons Division

Smiling nurse having a friendly talk with older woman while touching her shoulders in a comforting manner

Representatives of State Mental Health Programs for Older Persons, a division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), are organized to carry out certain purposes of the parent organization as they specifically relate to older persons in accord with and subject to the amended bylaws of NASMHPD.

The purposes of the Older Persons Division are to highlight the needs of older persons for mental health services and to promote the quality and variety of preventive, therapeutic, and supportive services for older persons by:

  1. Compiling and disseminating information about the status of programs for older persons with mental illness in the states;
  2. Informing members of current and prospective legislation and funding of services for older persons;
  3. Encouraging states to share planning, programming, research and evaluation in Mental Health Services for older persons;
  4. Advising NASMHPD on issues relevant to the aged and representing NASMHPD as needed or requested before all groups, organizations, committees, federal and state agencies requesting information and/or input on mental health issues of older persons;
  5. Advocating for access to quality services for older persons;
  6. Promoting services consistent with the cultural and value preferences of older persons;
  7. Serving on key groups, committees and other organizations who are attempting to address the mental health issues of older persons on behalf of NASMHPD;
  8. Promoting the development of research, education and training, which would allow the states to enhance mental health programs for older persons; and
  9. Performing other functions as delegated by NASMHPD regarding mental health services for older persons.

Executive Committee (as of December 2014)

Title Term Name State
Officers
Chairperson 12/31/14 – 12/31/17 Lila Starr IA
Vice Chairperson 12/31/14 – 12/31/17 Robert Snarr UT
Secretary

12/31/14 – 12/31/17

Thomas Renwick MI
Member-at-Large 12/31/14 – 12/31/17 Kathy VanCleave MS
Past-Chairperson 12/31/14 – 12/31/17 Charlotte Kauffman IL
Regional Coordinators
West   Vacant  
Midwest 12/31/14 – 12/31/17 Terry Watts OH
Northeast

12/31/14 - 12/31/17

Eleanor Shea-Delaney MA
South 12/31/14 – 12/31/17 Tara DeLee LA

Current Activities

Aging Times Newsletter

The Impact of the Older Adult Mental Health Workforce Shortage on the Public Mental Health System (PDF 542 KB)

NASMHPD Older Persons Division Language Guidelines