Resources for Older Adults
4th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day
SAMHSA, along with the Administration for Community Living and the National Council on Aging, are coordinating this day-long event on May 6, 2021. Find out more and register.
New Items from SAMHSA for Professionals Serving Older Adults
Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 26: Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults
This updated TIP is designed to help providers and others better understand how to identify, manage, and prevent substance misuse in older adults. The TIP describes the unique ways in which the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder (SUD) manifest in older adults; drug and alcohol use disorder screening tools, assessments, and treatments specifically tailored for older clients' needs; the interaction between SUDs and cognitive impairment; and strategies to help providers improve their older clients' social functioning and overall wellness.
Engage, Educate, Empower for Equity: E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging
The mission of the E4 Center is to engage, empower, and educate health care providers and community-based organizations for equity in behavioral health for older adults and their families. E4 will achieve this through the provision of education, implementation resources, and technical assistance regarding mental health, substance use, and their intersection with physical health.
Get Connected: Linking Older Adults with Resources on Medication, Alcohol, and Mental Health--2019 Edition
Designed for organizations that provide services to older adults, this toolkit offers information and materials to help understanding the issues associated with substance misuse and mental illness in older adults. The toolkit also contains materials to educate older adults.
Items for Older Adults on Suicide Prevention and Postvention
Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Centers and Toolkit for Senior Living Communities
The toolkits equip senior centers (also in Spanish) and senior living staff with resources to promote mental health, suicide prevention, and encourages active participation among residents. It includes guidelines for integrating suicide prevention into ongoing programs, hands-on tools, and training manuals.
- Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities
- Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Centers
- Cómo Promover la Salud Emocional y Prevenir el Suicidio: Una Guía para Centros de Atención de Adultos Mayores
Other SAMHSA Sponsored Products
Improving Community Options for Older Adults (working paper)
The Impact of the Older Adult Mental Health Workforce Shortage on the Public Mental Health System (report) (PDF | 542 KB)
Older Adults Peer Support: Finding a Source for Funding (working paper) (PDF | 1.4 MB)
Weaving a Community Safety Net to Prevent Older Adult Suicide (working paper) (PDF | 1.1 MB)
Technology Transfer Centers (TTC) Program
The purpose of the Technology Transfer Centers (TTC) is to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides prevention, treatment and recovery support services for substance use disorder (SUD) and mental illness. At each TTC site, search terms such as older adults, geriatric, and seniors.