4th Annual Older Adult
Mental Health Awareness
Day Symposium

May 6, 2021

Latest Interventions Related to Substance Use Disorders

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This session will highlight how the signs and symptoms of substance use disorders (e.g. alcohol, cannabis) may manifest differently in older adults, recommendations for person-centered care, and interactions between substance misuse and cognitive impairment. Information about TIP #26 will be shared along with how organizations can use the report in their own work.

Frederic C. Blow, PhD

Director, U-M Addiction Center

University of Michigan

Frederic C. Blow, Ph.D. is a Professor and Director of the U-M Addiction Center in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a career researcher and educator in the field of alcohol and substance use screening, interventions, and treatments. The large body of his work has been directed to providing the research base and training scholars and clinicians alike. Dr. Blow currently has two NIAAA grants and has had continuous funding from the NIAAA since 1988, and extensive funding from NIDA, VA, and NIMH during the same period. He has led many federally-funded studies including international and US training grants focused on substance misuse and abuse.

Dr. Blow has a long history of funding related to research and program evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based treatments for substance use and mental health disorders. His areas of research expertise include alcohol brief interventions in healthcare settings, substance abuse prevention, substance abuse screening and diagnosis for older adults, serious mental illness and concurrent substance abuse, suicide prevention, mental health services research, and implementation of evidence-based substance abuse and mental health practices.

Eric Weakly (Moderator)

Western Branch Chief in the Division of State and Community Systems Development


Eric Weakly is the Western Branch Chief in the Division of State and Community Systems Development, Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Division manages the Mental Health Block Grant, which provides funds and technical assistance to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 6 Pacific jurisdictions. Grantees use the funds to provide comprehensive, community-based mental health services to adults with serious mental illnesses and to children with serious emotional disturbances and to monitor progress in implementing a comprehensive, community-based mental health system. Prior to his work at SAMHSA, Eric was a project officer at the Administration for Community Living working on the No Wrong Door/ADRC, Inclusive Transportation, and Supported Decision Making projects. Eric has also led collaborative efforts at the local level on mental health and long-term services and support programs. Prior to work in administration, Eric worked as a social worker with older adults and families. 


Latest Interventions Related to Substance Use Disorders
05/06/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/06/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes