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Access barriers to mental health services for older adults from diverse populations: perspectives of leaders in mental health and aging


Access barriers to mental health services for older adults from diverse populations: perspectives of leaders in mental health and aging



Journal of Aging and Social Policy 22(4): 360-378



ISSN/ISBN: 0895-9420

PMID: 20924892

DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2010.507650

This project is based on the results of telephone surveys with 52 local, state, and national informed respondents including policymakers, county leaders, planners, and advocates in mental health and aging with a particular focus on the states of California and Florida. This article addresses challenges to access to mental health services for diverse older adults including barriers related to race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, location, age, gender, immigrant status, language, sexual orientation, and diagnosis. The article also highlights broad themes that emerged including (1) the importance of outreach and transportation tailored to diverse elders, and (2) recruitment of diverse staff and training related to diversity. The article concludes with policy and practice recommendations to reduce these disparities in access to mental health services for diverse populations of older adults.

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