By 2030, more than 72 million Americans will be 65 or older, a situation that will potentially overwhelm many aspects of the nation’s health care system. A significant number of these older Americans will require care for mental health conditions and substance misuse and abuse issues. The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands? -- a new report by the Institute of Medicine -- projects the types and level of mental health and substance use care that these older Americans will need and recommends actions to ensure that the U.S. has a competent and well-trained work force to provide this care.
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