Behavioral Health and Older Adults

One in four older adults experience a mental health condition, yet only 3% report seeking treatment from a mental health professional.[1],[2] Among beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, 41% have a mental health condition compared to 16% of Medicare-only beneficiaries.[3] As the number of Americans aged 65 or older continues to increase, it is important for health plans and providers to implement promising practices that can address the behavioral health needs of older adults.

Implementing Promising Practices for Caring For Older Adults with Behavioral Health Needs

Use these resources to understand promising practices for caring for older adults with behavioral health needs.

[1] American Psychological Association, Office on Aging. (2017). Older Adults’ Health and Age-Related Changes: Reality Versus Myth. Retrieved from:
[2] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging. (2001). Older adults and mental health: Issues and opportunities. Retrieved from:
[3] The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office. (2012). Medicare-Medicaid Enrollee Information: National, 2012. Retrieved from:
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