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Characteristics of Mental Health and Substance Use Service Facilities for Older Adults: Findings from U.S. National Surveys (Clinical Gerontologist)

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Access to Health Care; Mental and Emotional Health; Medicare; Medicaid/Medi-Cal; Elderly

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Journal Article

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Summary: Authors describe the characteristics of U.S. mental health and substance use service programs dedicated/tailored for older adults (age 65+). The study uses data came from the 2012 and 2019 National Mental Health Services Survey (N-MHSS) and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS). Authors compared the numbers/proportions of older-adult programs in 2012 and 2019 and examined differences between facilities with or without an older-adult program in 2019. 

Findings: From 2012 to 2019, the percentage of all mental health and substance use service facilities for adults that had a dedicated/tailored program for older adults increased significantly, from 20.7% to 28.9% for mental health facilities and from 7.1% to 24.8% for substance use facilities, with 101 mental health facilities and 53 substance use facilities serving older adults exclusively in 2019. Compared to facilities without an older-adult program, higher percentages of facilities with such a program offered treatment for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders and supplemental health and social care services. 

Given the rapidly aging society, more accessible and affordable programs dedicated/tailored for older adults are needed. To achieve this goal and better meet older adults' needs, more detailed data on facility characteristics are needed to build the knowledge base on improving the treatment environment. 

Programs for older adults should be designed to meet the complex needs of those with mental health and/or substance use problems and incorporate innovative service delivery models that can improve older adults' access.


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Journal Article: Characteristics of Mental Health and Substance Use Service Facilities for Older Adults: Findings from U.S. National Surveys

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