ERIC Number: ED275952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Mental Health Services for the Elderly: Report on a Survey of Community Mental Health Centers. Volume III.
Flemming, Arthur S.; And Others
This is the third volume of a three-volume report on the Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) survey project undertaken to assess the impact of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Services (ADMS) block grant program on the delivery of mental health services to older persons. This volume presents results from a 2-year follow-up survey (1985) of 224 CMHCs in 44 states to determine the on-going impact of the ADMS block grant on the provision of services. Chapter I examines issues in mental health services for the elderly. Chapter II describes the 1985 survey. Chapter III decribes site visits to CMHCs, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), and senior centers. Chapter IV presents findings from the 1985 survey and site visits that showed that: (1) the block grant funding method on CMHC programs and on geriatric mental health services continued to have a negative impact; (2) the aged remain an underserved population within CMHCs; (3) there is little cooperative interaction between CMHCs and AAAs and senior centers; (4) CMHC staff have inadequate training in geriatrics; and (5) service staff for the aged are inadequately trained in mental health. Also presented are recommendations for federal, state, and local reform. Chapter V describes five model programs which demonstrate successful efforts to deliver mental health services to the aged. Appendices include a summary of the 1983 survey and site visits; the 1985 survey instrument and interview protocols; and a tabulation giving levels of statistical significance. Thirty-five references are provided. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Retirement Research Foundation.
Authoring Institution: White House Conference on Aging, Washington, DC.
Note: For Volumes I and II, see ED 270 699-700. Appendix B contains small print.