In June of 2011, the CGEC, the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, NC Healthy Aging Research Network, and UNC Institute on Aging brought together more than 30 stakeholders from across North Carolina to establish the NC Mental Health, Substance Use and Aging Coalition (MHSUAC). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 20% of individuals age 55 and older suffer from some form of mental health issue, with depression being the most prevalent problem. These mental health issues are often serious, under-recognized, and untreated. The MHSUAC will work collaboratively to address the mental health needs of its older citizens.
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Mission and Committee Work
The mission of MHSUAC is to focus attention on the mental health needs and substance use of older adults, build community capacity, and support advocacy and action.
Committee work will involve three areas:
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- Advocacy - Build awareness of the mental health needs of older adults.
- Training - Develop workforce capability to serve older adults. -Updated Training Action Plan
- Dissemination – Promote broad adoption of evidence-based practice and programs.
Mental Health and Aging Fact Sheets:
Please plan to attend our next meeting - Thursday, July 25 from 12:30pm-3:30pm
NC Psychological Association, 1004 Dresser Court #106, Raleigh
To register for the meeting, obtain more information about the MHAC, or to join the listserv, email Ellen Schneider, MBA.
Before you attend our next meeting please tell us a little more about your organization and its work in Aging.