On October 30, 2014 a “Summit on Older Adults: Behavioral Health Issues” took place at Boston University. Kathy Kuhn, CADER Director of Workforce Development, served on the planning committee for this event. The Summit was sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health. This “invitation only” gathering of leaders, policy makers and other stakeholders engaged in high-level dialogue on the challenges presented to health care, aging and behavioral health systems. It included discussions on mental health integration, creating systems that are sustainable and the economic impact of behavioral health needs of this growing population.
Recommendations are being gathered and a “next steps” document will be produced.
On October 23, 2014, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Special Commission on Elder Protective Services released their Report of Recommendations to the General Court to the press. Governor Deval Patrick established the Elder Protective Services Commission, which is charged with studying and making recommendations to the Legislature on strategies to examine best practices for the prevention and detection of elder abuse. Participating in the press event was Kathy Kuhn, BU SSW CADER, the Governor’s appointed expert in geriatric mental health.
For the full report visit: http://necir.org/2014/10/31/ma-state-lawmaker-urges-action-on-elder-abuse/