Older Adults with Behavioral Health Needs

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) was a partner in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Administration on Aging (AoA) funded technical assistance center on the needs of older adults with behavioral health support needs. Other key partners include the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD).

The Technial Assistance Center created:

Webinar Series: A series of 8 webinars were offered to the Enhance Older Adult Behavioral Health Services grantees, as well as the broader aging services network and behavioral health community. Taken together, the webinar series constituted a science-based, coherent and integrated review of behavioral health for older adults, with a particular focus on the issues of the prevention of suicide, anxiety and depression, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and alcohol abuse. The webinars were recorded and made available for download.

Fact Sheets/Issue Brief Series: 12 fact sheets/issue briefs were produced to address behavioral health issues that are important to older Americans. The Issue Briefs identified key information and opportunities for action that can improve the lives of older people. The first brief offers an overview of issues, facts, evidence-based programs and practices, partnering opportunities, financing and other resources.

For more information, please contact Roy Praschil at or 703-682-5183.