Initiatives, Resources, Documents


2021 Older Adult Behavior Health State Plan


National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging Response to Senate Finance Committee’s Request for Information to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services November 2021
E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging Toolkit – Utilizing Cross-Sector Partnerships to Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities in Older Adults
SAMHSA Resources for Older Adults
Mental Health Substance Use and Older Adults
Medicare Coverage for Behavioral Health Services April 2021
OMHAC Behavioral Health Resources
Oklahoma Aging Resources
National Aging Resources
National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (NCMHA) Resources
National Council for Aging Care
SAMHSA Older Adult Behavioral Health Toolkit
Linking Older Adults with Medication, Alcohol, and Mental Health Resources
SAMHSA Suicide Prevention – Toolkit for Senior Centers
Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide
SAMHSA Suicide Prevention – Toolkit for Senior Living Communities
Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide
Mental Health of Older Adults
Source: World Health Organization (WHO), December 12, 2017
Older Adults and Mental Health – Overview
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
The State of Mental Health and Aging in America
Issue Brief #1 What do the data tell us?
Source: CDC, 2008
Older Adults and Depression – Brochure and Fact Sheet
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
Ten Facts about Mental Health and Aging
Source: Older Women’s League
Older Adults and Suicide Prevention
Source: Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Risks of Social Isolation
Source: American Psychological Association, May 2019
Substance Use in Older Adults – DrugFacts
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Facts about Aging and Alcohol
Source: National Institute on Aging
Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Get Connected: Linking Older Adults with Resources on Medication, Alcohol, and Mental Health – 2019 Edition
Source: 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, including fact sheets, and screening tools.
Source: SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) – 2019


White Paper on Why Older Adults Mental Health Matters
A Snapshot of the Crisis in Older Adult Mental Health
Statement Addressing America’s Mental Health Crisis to Improve Access to BH Services for Older Adults
Integrating Older Adult Behavioral Health Into Long-Term Care Rebalancing – NCMHA
A Profile of Older Americans 2016
Administration on Aging  |  Administration for Community Living  |  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2017 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report
Older Americans Behavioral Health Series
SAMHSA Issue Briefs
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Administration on Aging (AoA) have partnered with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and others to develop a series of issue briefs and webinars to address behavioral health issues that are important to older Americans.


The issue brief series focuses on issues of suicide, anxiety and depression, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and alcohol abuse. The target audiences for the Issue Briefs are the local and State Aging Services Network, behavioral health community, and substance abuse providers.

SAMHSA Older Adult Resources May 2019
Violent Death Among Adults 55 Years and Older 2004-2014
NCMHA May 2018 Mental Health and Aging Week