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Betty Ferdinand, Chair of the National Association of PASRR Professionals, offers comments on SAMSHA's strategic plan for 2015-2018:


August 18, 2014

Overall Comments: 

The National Association of PASRR Professionals (NAPP) appreciates the opportunity to comment on SAMHSA’s draft strategic plan for 2015-2018.  The importance of collaboration across the continuum of care cannot be overstated.  

In principle, NAPP supports SAMSHA’s six strategic initiatives.   NAPP also supports the importance of addressing the identified high risk populations – acknowledging that aging adults fit within some of these population groups as well.

NAPP agrees that prevention, treatment and recovery forms the basis of a solid foundation of support for all disabling conditions and for persons of all ages. While NAPP recognizes that the purpose of this document is to identify priority areas that are critical to moving the behavioral health agenda forward, it is equally as important to not lose sight of other important populations.   NAPP urges SAMSHA to reevaluate the writing of this document and include aging adults wherever age demographics are mentioned.   

NAPP recognizes that SAMSHA sets the tone for state policy makers and the resulting service delivery systems.  Consequently, it is critical that SAMSHA acknowledges in its plan the growing population of older adults, and their need for mental health and/or substance abuse services. 

Older adults may suffer from many different kinds of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and substance abuse problems.  These conditions can lead to a decreased quality of life for older adults and their family members.  Mental health conditions also can result in premature and, in some cases unnecessary and avoidable institutionalization.  Bottom line, mental health is vital to physical health; both are critical to optimal functioning and aging well.  Therefore, the provision of quality behavioral health services, as well as quality community services, is of utmost importance across the lifespan. click here to read the full comments

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