The Mental Health Workforce for Geriatric Populations

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Aging, Health Care Workforce, Substance Use and Mental Health
Board: Board on Health Care Services

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Activity Description

The IOM will seek to determine the mental and behavioral health care needs of Americans who are over 65 years of age and make policy recommendations for meeting those needs through a competent and well-trained mental health workforce, especially in light of the projected doubling of the aged population by 2030. The IOM will:

  • Provide a systematic and trend analysis of the current and projected mental and behavioral health care needs of the target population.
  • Within the target population, consider the special needs of growing ethnic populations, of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, and of persons with chronic disease.
  • Weigh the impact of improved diagnostic techniques, of addressing mental health issues as part of effective chronic disease management, and of the implementation of the Federal mental health parity law on meeting the mental health needs of the target population.

When making recommendations, the IOM will consider forces that shape the health care workforce, such as education, training, modes of practice, and the financing of public and private programs.

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