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Behavioral Health


Behavioral health is a state of mental and emotional well-being and/or choices and actions that affect wellness. Behavioral health problems such as depression, substance abuse and misuse, and suicidal thoughts are not a normal part of aging. Yet, these issues impact many older Americans.

Through aging, behavioral health, and disability network partnerships, ACL offers programs and resources to help older adults, people with disabilities, and their family caregivers to maintain their health and well-being. Examples of behavioral health programs being implemented in the aging and disability networks can be found here:



Promoting Behavioral Health and Preventing Suicide in Older Adults: Enhanced Training for ADRC/No Wrong Door Systems (2016) (RecordingSlides, Resource Guide 1, and Resource Guide 2)


State Behavioral Health Profiles (2016)

  • Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
  • Region II (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands)
  • Region III (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • Region IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee)
  • Region V (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin)
  • Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas)
  • Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska)
  • Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming)
  • Region IX (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa)
  • Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)


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  • A Spotlight on Older Adult Behavioral Health (Recording and Slides)

  • Suicide Prevention and Older Adults Recording and Slides (PDF, 5.96MB)

  • Aging & Behavioral Health Partnerships — Strategies for SUCCESS! Recording and Slides (PDF, 3.25MB)

  • Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Recording and Slides (PDF, 1.03MB)

  • Evidence-Based Screening and Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Psychoactive Medication Misuse in Older Adults Recording, Slides (PDF, 1.06MB), and Transcript (PDF, 100KB)

  • Depression, Anxiety and Suicide Prevention Recording, Slides (PDF, 1.97MB), and Transcript (PDF, 283KB)

  • Alcohol and Psychoactive Medication Misuse and Abuse Prevention Recording, Slides (PDF, 1.0MB), and Transcript (PDF, 188KB)

  • Financing and Sustaining Evidence-Based Interventions (Webinar #1) — Slides (PDF, 1.75MB), and Transcript (PDF, 111KB))

  • Financing and Sustaining Evidence-Based Interventions (Webinar #2) — Recording, Slides (PDF, 939KB), and Transcript (PDF, 192KB)

  • Partnerships: Key to Behavioral Health Service Success — Recording, Slides (PDF, 925KB), and Transcript (PDF, 117KB)

  • Reaching and Engaging Older Adults in Behavioral Health — Recording, Slides (PDF, 671KB), and Transcript (PDF, 119KB)

  • Caregivers as Partners and Clients of Behavioral Health Services — Recording, Slides (PDF, 1.43MB), Transcript (PDF, 57KB), and Resource List (PDF, 36KB)

Issue Briefs

Last modified on 10/16/2017

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