Geriatric Community Outreach Program

University Behavioral HealthCare’s Geriatric Community Outreach Program can best be described as involving a combination of individual, family, and systems advocacy efforts undertaken on behalf of elderly adults and their families. The overall goal of the program is to increase access to mental health care for the elderly by providing community-based interventions and case management. Staff of the Community Outreach Program bring resources into the community and provide liaison between the older adult and formal health care systems (including, but not limited to University Behavioral HealthCare). The Outreach Program’s staff is comprised of Bachelor’s-level mental health specialists with training in geriatrics and with extensive knowledge of community resources. A combination of home visits; work with family members, neighbors, and other informal support networks; negotiating entitlement programs; consultation with geropsychiatrists, geropsychologists, geriatric social workers, and other mental health professionals; and, most importantly, time spent in gaining the trust of the client has helped to overcome older adults’ resistance to mental health treatment in many instances.

Case management staff of the Geriatric Community Outreach Program may be contacted by calling 732-235-8400 or by contacting UBHC’s COPSA Resource Center at 1-800-424-2494. Outreach Program staff are available Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 9:00 pm, and Fridays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.