WEB052020- Mental Health Crisis Planning: Challenges Related to Untreated Mental Health Conditions
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It is estimated that 20 percent of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern, yet older adults account for only 7 percent of all inpatient psychiatric services, 6 percent of community mental health services, and 9 percent of private psychiatric care. This presentation will provide strategies participants can use in their work environment to assist residents who experience mental decompensation. This webinar is 2 - 3:30 ET (Eastern).

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)
Where: Online
United States
Contact: 614-848-5958

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Webinar Registration by May 19, 2020: Members $55; Nonmembers $85 - 1.5 Training Contact Hours

This webinar is 2 - 3:30 ET (Eastern).

Through this presentation, resident service coordinators will learn how to develop a mental health crisis plan for residents at high risk for decompensation and relapse.  Additionally, the presentation will address the low utilization of mental health services, which reflects problems of access.  Factors contributing to the low utilization of services—including service shortages, problems of affordability, lack of services in the home and community settings, restricted access to medications, and lack of cultural competence, as well as stigma, ageism, and ignorance about mental illness and the effectiveness of treatment—will also be explored.

Who Should Attend: Advanced Social Services; Elderly; Family; Health & Wellness

Learning Objectives:

1.      Review the behaviors associated with mental health decompensation

2.      Explore strategies for responding to a mental health crisis

3.      Examine effective tools to use with residents living with mental health conditions

4.      Understand how urinary tract infections (UTIs) mimic mental health disorders 

5.      Uncover the barriers to meeting the mental health needs of older adults

6.      Learn housing and policy recommendations

About the Presenter

Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL, is a speaker, trainer and nonprofit leadership consultant with an accomplished 30+ year career as a nonprofit leader with practical experience in, and solid understanding of, a diverse range of management, program development and service delivery applications.

Mr. Rivera-Jackman has a passion for working with and advocating on behalf of older adults and has a natural ability of providing instruction and training for adult learners. Mr. Rivera-Jackman served as a Senior Resident Services Manager at the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) from 2005-2017.  He also served as the Director of Resident Services for the Sustainable Housing for Ageless Generations (SHAG), one of the largest and leading affordable senior housing providers in Western Washington from 2017-2019. In September 2019, Mr. Rivera-Jackman embarked on a new career journey and currently serves as the Director of Supportive Services for Imagine Housing, a non-profit affordable housing provider in East King County which provides affordable housing options for older-adults, families and Veterans.

Mr. Rivera-Jackman was the recipient of the 2011 American Association of Service Coordinators (AASC) President’s Award of Excellence. This award is given to a member who, in the opinion of the AASC President, is deserving of recognition for his/her work in the service coordination profession. Mr. Rivera-Jackman successfully completed the LeadingAge WA Leadership Institute and graduated as a Fellow in June 2015. Mr. Rivera-Jackman was also recognized with an Award of Excellence in Service Coordination by the American Association of Service Coordinators in August 2019.

This webinar meets the following HUD Service Coordinator Training Requirements Area(s): 

Statutorily Required: Mental Health Issues

Required Ongoing: Mental Health and Aging

Additional Recommended: Crisis Prevention and Intervention