Agenda

The OAMHAD Symposium will take place on May 2, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm EST. Please note all session times listed below are listed based on your local time zone. To view sessions, click on the desired session title listed below, then click on the "Watch Session" button. Access to live sessions will begin 5 minutes prior to the start of the live session. 

Learning Objectives

In this symposium, participants will be able to:

  • To share new initiatives, strategies, promising practices as well as the perspective of older adults to improve access, reduce stigma, and increase collaboration in the field of older adult mental health, particularly to assist those with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. 
  • To increase awareness about the role that health inequities play in the care and treatment of older adult mental health and substance use disorders, and identify culturally-appropriate approaches to reduce their impact, including social support and evidence-based interventions.
  • To provide attendees with actionable steps they can bring back to their communities.
  • Identify policy solutions to address inequities and access barriers in older adult mental health.

Welcome and Keynote - 10:00 am - 11:00 am Eastern

Thu, May 2 at 10:00 am EDT
Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Jenifer Lewis

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Join us for welcome remarks from federal partners and a Q&A with NCOA’s CEO, Ramsey Alwin and Actress, Jenifer Lewis. Actress Jenifer Lewis will be sharing about her personal journey with bipolar disorder.

Speaker(s)

Jenifer Lewis, Known as the “The Mother of Black Hollywood” and co-star of ABC’s “Black-ish”

Alison Barkoff, Performing the duties of the ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Administration for Community Living

Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Carole Johnson, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration

Ramsey Alwin, President & CEO, National Council on Aging

Break – 11:00 am – 11:15 am Eastern

Thu, May 2 at 11:00 am EDT
Break – 11:00 am – 11:15 am Eastern

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Breakout Sessions - 11:15 am - 12:00 pm Eastern

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Thu, May 2 at 11:15 am EDT
1. The Intersection of Nutrition and Mental Health: Research and Solutions

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Older adults have an increased risk of malnutrition, food insecurity, and other nutrition-related concerns that can negatively impact their mental health. This session will provide an overview of the overlap between nutrition and mental health and examine solutions. An innovation in nutrition services will showcase a virtual diabetes education program that addresses depression, anxiety, and social isolation among their clients. 

Speaker(s)

Nadine Sahyoun, PhD, Professor, University of Maryland

Heather Engleman

Moderators

Kathy Wilson-Gold, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, Nutrition Contractor, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs, Administration for Community Living

Thu, May 2 at 11:15 am EDT
2. Supporting Grandfamilies to Build Resilience

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Grandfamilies refer to grandparents or other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of raising children due to various life-altering events like parental death, mental health, and substance use disorders, incarceration, deportation, divorce, or military deployment. These situations often result in traumatic experiences that impact the mental health of both the children and their caregivers. Recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, racial violence, and the opioid epidemic have compounded the impact of trauma. Yet grandfamilies face complex and often unique barriers to accessing mental health services and supports. It is imperative to address the mental wellness of grandfamilies. This presentation explores the complex mental health landscape among grandfamily caregivers by highlighting key findings from Generations United's 2023 State of Grandfamilies Report titled "Building Resilience: Supporting Grandfamilies' Mental Health and Wellness." The report examines the mental health challenges faced by grandfamilies as well as family strengths and provides policy and practice recommendations to address these issues.

Speaker(s)

Jamarl Clark, Assistant Director, National Center on Grandfamilies, Generations United

Larry Cooper, Executive Vice President of Innovation, Children’s Home Network

Mercedes Bristol, Founder and Executive Director, Texas Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Moderators

Keith Lowhorne, Chairperson, Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (SGRG)

Thu, May 2 at 11:15 am EDT
3. Managing Substance Use Crises in Older Adults: Innovative Models for Screening and Treatment

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Attending to the needs of middle aged and older adults experiencing SUD is fraught with complications and challenges. For example, morbidity and mortality estimates associated with SUD may often preclude individuals from living into older adulthood. The Hope Pointe Crisis Center has developed to provide common services such as triage, temporary observation, and connection to community-based wrap-around services, including special attention to the needs of middle aged and older adults. This new collaboration stems from an ongoing HRSA-funded graduate clinical psychology education training grant that, since 2022 and in collaboration with the Tuscaloosa County Mental Health Court, Karen Jones, and Dr. Jennifer Cox, focuses on the needs of justice-involved individuals.

Speaker(s)

Rebecca S. Allen, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology Director, Alabama Research Institute on Aging The University of Alabama

Karen Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Indian Rivers Behavioral Health Center

Tony Sanchez, Co-Founder, Creative Collaborative Solutions

Moderators

Nicole Cadovius, MBA, MSM, CAPS and FAAIDD, Director of Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health

Break - 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern

Thu, May 2 at 12:15 pm EDT
Break - 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern

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Spotlight Session - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern

Thu, May 2 at 1:00 pm EDT
Spotlight Session Topic: Suicide Prevention: What the Field Needs to Know About What Works

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New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that suicide rates have significantly increased for older adults and generally increased with age, with men aged 75 and older having the highest rate of any age group. This session will present strategies that work to reach and help older adults.

Speaker(s)

Kimberly A. Van Orden, PhD, Principal Investigator, The HOPE Lab

Debra Darmata, MS, Program Manager, Oregon CSP Program

Tim Glascock, MPH, Statewide ASIST Coordinator, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health

Moderators

Alison Cammack, PhD, MPH, Health Scientist, CDC Suicide Prevention Team

Break - 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Eastern

Thu, May 2 at 2:00 pm EDT
Break - 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Eastern

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Breakout Sessions - 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern

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Thu, May 2 at 2:15 pm EDT
4. Improving Equitable Access to Late-Life Depression Care

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Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is an evidence-based late-life depression program. Recently, the developers of PEARLS engaged in an Equity Study to improve equitable access among older adults, especially low-income older adults of color, linguistically diverse older adults, and rural dwelling older adults, recognizing that many older adults are multiply marginalized by intersecting identities. This session will discuss what was learned from the Equity Study and share experiences from an implementation partner and a past participant. 

Speaker(s)

KeliAnne Hara-Hubbard, PEARLS Coordinator and Research Coordinator, UW Health Promotion Research Center

Lanvin Andres, Executive Director, IDIC Filipino Senior and Family Services

Moderators

Lily Liu, Family Caregiver

Thu, May 2 at 2:15 pm EDT
5. Addressing Serious Mental Illness in Older Adults

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People aging with serious mental illness (SMI) such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression experience complex health problems and challenges to quality of life. They are also likely to experience accelerated physical aging as compared to people without such conditions. Older adults with serious mental illness are also very resilient and have coped with many challenges to well-being.  They can experience healthy aging with supports. The Felton Institute will then share about a multi-disciplinary teams model that was developed to form deeper relationships between behavioral health and aging services providers.

Speaker(s)

Michelle R Zechner, PhD, Associate Professor, Rutgers

Catherine Spensley, MSW, LCSW, Senior Division Director, Felton Institute

Patricia Hayashi

Moderators

Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, Director of Recovery, SAMHSA

Thu, May 2 at 2:15 pm EDT
6. Understanding Hoarding Related to Mental Health in Older Adults

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Hoarding disorder can develop at any age, but the prevalence of hoarding disorder diagnoses increases by 20% with every 5 years of age. Individuals with hoarding disorder are also likely to experience other mental health conditions, and it can be a challenge to know what steps to take to provide support. This session will provide a better understanding of hoarding and what a task force is doing to address it.

Speaker(s)

Catherine Ayers, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UC San Diego

Tamar Cooper, LISW-S, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Benjamin Rose, Co-leads the Hoarding Connection

Moderators

Mary Dozier, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University

Break - 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern

Thu, May 2 at 3:15 pm EDT
Break - 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern

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Closing Session and Remarks - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Eastern

Thu, May 2 at 3:30 pm EDT
Closing Session and Remarks: Older Adult Mental Health and Climate Change

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Climate change is the biggest threat to human health. The effects of climate change such as extreme heat, wildfires, and flooding impact not only physical health, but there are significant mental health consequences as well. Older adults are especially vulnerable. This session will cover the most important mental health impacts of climate change and information on what communities are doing to support older adults.

Closing: 4:30 to 5:00 PM Eastern

Speaker(s)

Robin Cooper, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Dawn Baldwin Gibson, PhD, Peletah Institute for Building Resilient Communities

Steven Samra, Dedicated Specialist, C4 Innovations, LLC.

Ramsey Alwin, President & CEO, National Council on Aging

Moderators

Elissa Epel