Older Oklahomans report frequent mental distress higher than regional and national rates - One in five older Oklahomans experience a mental health disorder but less than 40% of those get treatment and the majority of the treatment is done by their primary care physician. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) joins the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in identifying older adults as a unique population that under utilizes behavioral health services due to stigma and the lack of mental health insurance parity. Through efforts to address the needs of older Oklahomans ODMHSAS coordinates the following:
Senior Services Program at HOPE Community Services, Inc.
Senior Services at HOPE provides outreach, education, case management, psychiatric social rehabilitation services, medication clinic services, and therapy for people ages 60 and over who are diagnosed with a mental health or co-occurring disorder. Senior Services plans, coordinates, and facilitates educational opportunities for the community and works closely with other service providers to identify needed resources for the senior population utilizing best practice treatment options. This program is successful in assisting older consumers to meet their wellness and recovery goals.
HOPE’s Senior Services Program receives funding through a community block grant from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) and has been in operation for nine years.
PreAdmission Screening & Resident Review (PASRR)
Federal law requires that all persons with a serious mental illness and or mental retardation must be screened and assessed for appropriate placement before being admitted to a nursing facility. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) is responsible for the mental illness side of PASRR in Oklahoma. The PASRR evaluation system is designed to determine if a person actually has a nursing home level of care need before they are admitted.