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The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?

In 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, which highlighted the urgency of expanding and strengthening the geriatric health care workforce. Because of similar concerns about older adults’ mental health and substance use (MH/SU) conditions, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as directed by Congress, asked the IOM to undertake a complementary study on the geriatric MH/SU workforce. An IOM expert committee assessed the needs of this population and the workforce that serves it and presents its findings and recommendations in The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?

The Workforce issued five recommendations based on their findings, one of which directly relates to PASRR (page 6 of the summary PDF). Note that the focus of the PASRR-related recommendation is not in the triaging function of PASRR, but the utility of the information it generates about each individual for better care planning. 

For a summary of the report, click here

For a PDF copy of the full report, click here

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