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Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN)

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Find ASA members in your area or who share your interest area. Enter a name or click on the magnifying glass to start your search.
 

If one of your concerns is the mental health of older adults, where do you turn when you want to:

  • Know more about the effectiveness of programs and services?
  • Develop new clinical or administrative skills?
  • Contribute to efforts to promote the mental well-being of elders?

The Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN) can help you with your professional development. Members of MHAN are dedicated to improving supportive interventions for older adults with mental health problems and for their caregivers. To achieve this goal, MHAN aims to:

  • Create a cadre of professionals with expertise in geriatric mental health issues.
  • Assure that service professionals are "dementia capable."
  • Improve systems of care for older adults with mental health problems or dementia.
  • Provide a voice for these underserved or inappropriately served populations.
  • Advocate services and programs that enhance positive mental health for older adults.

MHAN members share information about the mental health of older adults, and those whose work touches issues in:

  • Elder abuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Case management
  • Cross-cultural counseling
  • Clinical counseling
  • Therapies for mental wellness
  • Psychopharmacy
  • Alzheimer's and related disorders
  • Mental health advocacy and policy development
  • Applied research

 

MHAN contributes to ASA’s programs, education events and activities through the following avenues:

AgeBlog

posted on 12.12.2014

The Fall 2014 issue of Generations addresses the complex topic of mental illness and substance use in older adults.  Read More

posted on 12.11.2014

With proper funding and increased advocacy, the ACA’s existing provisions for improved mental health care might be implemented to great...  Read More