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Home-Based Mental Health Services for Older Adults: A preliminary report from an invitational conference in October 2011

Supported by a generous grant from Mr. Arnold Snider

In October 2011 the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation (GMHF) held an invitational conference in Washington, DC. The invitees were some of the best applicants for the GMHF’s Deirdre Johnston Award over the first three years it has been given. The invitees gathered to discuss where the field stands, the current best practices, and what is needed to move the field forward.

This preliminary report contains a brief description of each of the programs that were invited to send representatives, along with some summary comments based on the discussions at the meeting. We hope this report will be useful to programs offering home-based services to older adults with mental illness as well as to communities wanting to begin such programs.

Home-Based Mental Health Services for Older Adults (A Preliminary Report, March 2012) (PDF)

The Deirdre Johnston Award

The Deirdre Johnston Award for Excellence and Innovation in Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Services was first given in 2009 to recognize excellence and/or innovation in providing mental health services to older adults in their homes. The Award was established by Mr. Arnold Snider and honors Dr. Johnston, who cared for his mother. In addition to wanting to recognize Dr. Johnston, it was Mr. Snider’s intent that the application process for the Award serve to identify outstanding programs that might serve as models for existing or planned programs throughout the country.