Beyond the Doctor’s Office: Older Adult Mental Health Care


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Access to mental health care services for older adults can be fragmented and difficult to navigate. This session explores programs beyond the health care system to address older adult mental health such as the evidence-based program, the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). 

Eligible for 1 CEU with live participation

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1) Describe services and programs that address older adult mental health and empower individuals, such the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and other peer support programs. 
2) Determine how older adult mental health support services and programs have adapted during the pandemic and what they may look like moving forward.
3) Identify sites where mental health services can take place and how mental health, aging, and disability services can collaborate to better meet the needs of their community. 

Jo Anne Sirey, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry

Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Sirey is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of Weill Cornell Medicine.  Her research interests include the development, implementation and dissemination of psychosocial interventions to improve mental health treatment in later life in non-mental health settings. She is the current the Principal Investigator for the Weill Cornell ALACRITY for Mid- and Late-Life Mood Disorders (P50 MH113838) and has an R01 (MH 124966) to test the comparative effectiveness of Behavioral Activation delivered by MSWs and Peer Coaches to older adults with depression. In 2021 she was awarded the Spero Award for Community Psychiatry from Weill Cornell Medical College.

Previously, Dr. Sirey has received funding from the NIMH to the increase the use of mental health services among depressed community dwelling elders (NIMH R01 079865) and to conduct a multi-site study of a brief psychosocial intervention to improve treatment adherence among depressed elders in primary care settings (NIMH R01 087557). In addition to her research, Dr. Sirey is implementing multiple service delivery projects to bring evidence-based psychotherapy to hard-to-reach adults with mental health needs.

Dr. Sirey and her team deliver mental health services in 16 senior centers in NYC. In addition, Dr. Sirey remains active in community development of new services by serving on the New York State Interagency Geriatric Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Planning Council and the Chair of the Westchester County Geriatric Mental Health Collaborative, an interdisciplinary group of aging and mental health providers, consumers, and advocates. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance and is a reviewer for National Institute of Health review panels as an expert on stigma and depression in later life.

Sean Johnson, MA, CRSS

WRAP for Seniors Project Coordinator

University of Illinois at Chicago

Sean Johnson, MA, CRSS is Research Specialist and Project Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy. He is an advocate for recovery education and peer-driven support services. Sean draws from his lived experience to fuel his passion for serving others by providing opportunities for empowerment through evidence-based practices that enhance both group and individual wellness. Sean collaborates with Dr. Judith Cook and Jessica Jonikas at UIC in program development, implementation, and evaluation for the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) for Seniors Project, funded by the federal Health & Human Services Administration for Community Living to deliver wellness self-management education to individuals aged 60 and older across Illinois.

Warren Campbell

Peer Supporter and Veteran

At the age of 24, Warren Campbell enlisted into the United States Marine Corp. He proudly served his country for 22 years and earned the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He is a peer supporter, who has helped many Marines get the resources they needed to be mentally and physical fit for duty. He likes to keep himself active by volunteering in his community and can be found during hockey season watching the Carolina Hurricanes game. He resides in NC with his six dogs and two cats.

Keri Lipperini, MPA (she/her)

Director in the Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs

Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services

Keri Lipperini is the Director in the Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs, within the Administration for Community Living’s, Administration on Aging.  For over 25 years, she has worked in health and wellness, 20 of those years she has been working specifically with the aging and disabilities populations. Prior to her work at AoA, Ms. Lipperini served as Program Manager for Calvert County Maryland where she oversaw Calvert’s health promotion and nutrition programs. Keri is a former United States Navy Hospital Corpsman. She holds Masters in Public Administration (MPA) with Health Care focus from Troy State University and Bachelors of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Southern Illinois University.

Robyn Golden, LCSW (Moderator)

Co-Director

E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging

Robyn Golden, LCSW, is the associate vice president of population health and aging at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she also holds academic appointments in the Departments of Medicine, Nursing, Psychiatry and Health Systems Management. She is responsible for developing and overseeing health promotion and disease prevention, mental health, care coordination and transitional care services for older adults, family caregivers and people with chronic conditions.  Golden is key to the development of interprofessional models of care for Rush’s population health programs. She is currently the principal investigator for the HRSA Funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program and the Commonwealth Funded Primary Care Redesign Project.

For over 30 years, Golden has been actively involved in service provision, program development, education, research and public policy aimed at developing innovative initiatives and systems integration to improve the health and well-being of older adults and their families. In 2003-04, she was the John Heinz Senate Fellow based in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington, D.C. Golden is a past chair of American Society on Aging and currently co-chairs the National Coalition on Care Coordination. She also is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and is an NASW Social Work Pioneer. She received the Gerontological Society of America’s 2017 Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging.

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Beyond the Doctor’s Office: Older Adult Mental Health Care
05/16/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/16/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes