Geriatric Mental Health Partnership
As the aging population continues to grow, and use of State Hospitals as the site of extended behavioral health care continues to diminish, it is essential that community-based staff and providers be prepared for the rapid growth of older adults with behavioral health and dementia-related issues. This is a key issue for workforce development as the Commonwealth prepares for the future.
Effective training enables staff to more quickly identify and address behavioral health-related issues before the older adult’s condition declines further or situations escalate to possibly becoming dangerous to other frail elders (or caregivers) nearby. It also helps staff distinguish between behavioral issues which can be safely addressed at the facility (or at home) versus those which constitute a true psychiatric emergency and might require inpatient treatment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) initiative “to Improve Behavioral Health and Reduce the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Home Residents” has made training even more urgent.
Due to concern about potential harmful effects of certain psychoactive medications on older adults, particularly those with dementia, CMS has recommended staff training focusing on person-centered interventions to address problematic behaviors rather than relying on the use of medications. This training can ultimately have beneficial effects on the residents’ quality of life and functioning, in addition to enhancing the knowledge, skills, and retention of staff.
GMHP has initiated and co-produced a library of 18 webinars within a six-part series. These webinars have attracted a continuously growing audience, which attests to the unmet need for this type of training: close to 7,000 individuals registered for the live events and 4,640 actually attendees.
The topics addressed in these webinars included:
- Advance Care Planning for Dementia and Serious Mental Illness
- Assessing Risk and Managing Behaviors in Persons with Dementia
- Behavioral Disturbances of Dementia: Interventions to Reduce the Use of Psychotropic Medications
- Best Practices for Medication Management of Dementia-Related Behaviors
- Best Practices in Geriatric Psychiatry and Long Term Care
- Beyond Natural Disasters: Managing Critical Events in Congregate Settings
- Community Partnerships: Ethical and Communication Issues for LTC Facility/Hospital Transitions and Effective Care Coordination
- Medications: Friend or Foe? – The Role of Medications in Both Causing and Curing Behavior and Cognitive Problems
- Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT to Address Substance Misuse
- Personality Disorders and Aging
- Pre-admission Screening of Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: Considerations for Emergency Services Staff
- Psychiatric Emergencies: A Practical Guide for LTC Facility Staff
- Sexuality in LTC: Ethical Issues of Consenting Adults vs. Persons with Dementia
- Substance Use and Alcohol Interactions in Older Adults
- Team Preparation and Team Building for Behavioral Health Professionals Working with Older Adults
- The Temporary Detention Order (TDO) Process: What Staff Need to Know
- The Temporary Detention Order (TDO) Process – Part 2
- The Use of Technology to Engage Persons with Dementia
WEBINAR RATING: EXCELLENT AND VERY GOOD
- Participants attending individually 70% 70%
- Participants attending in group 30% 30%