DBHDD/DAS/FUQUA Partnership to Strengthen Georgia’s Capacity to Care for Older Adults with Mental Illnesses In July 2014, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and the Division of Aging Services (DAS) entered into an agreement with the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, Emory University to strengthen Georgia’s capacity to care for the growing older adult population with severe and persistent mental illnesses. This past year, the Georgia Coalition for Older Adults and Behavioral Health (GCOABH), chaired by Eve H. Byrd, MSN, MPH, and whose membership consists of staff from DBHDD, DAS, DCH, DPH, CDC, and numerous other organizations and people interested in the needs of this population, has led efforts to cross train the aging network and the public mental health system regarding both systems of care and how to access services. Extensive training regarding Recovery in older adults, decision making capacity in persons with mental illness and dementia, and care coordination across systems is taking place strating in July, 2015. Efforts are also underway to improve the direct care of this vulnerable population through local partnerships between aging services providers and public behavioral health service providers..
Housing and Mental Health Network: Serving Older Adults with Mental Illness in Affordable Housing
This mental health network of care providers in housing continues its focus on keeping older adults healthy, well and independent so they can maintain thier housing. Links to meeting minutes and presentations can be accessed below.