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The Network Trilogy Project: linking aging, mental health and health agencies.

Gerontology & Geriatrics Education

Author: Persky, T., Taylor, A., Simson, S.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1989


There is a striking disparity between the estimated need for mental health care by 18-25% of the nation's elderly, & the minimal utilization of private & publicly funded services by this age cohort. Recognition that the elderly are not well served by existing systems led a trilogy of major Philadelphia (Pa) aging, mental health, & health organizations to form a partnership for the purpose of improving, expanding, & integrating service delivery for this population. A training model was devised to overcome the organizational isolation of agencies serving mutual clients with interrelated problems. Consultants were recruited to organize staff development groups from the health, mental health, & senior centers in assigned geographic areas. The interagency training experience & the receptivity of the participants are described. Issues that must be addressed to improve coordination of elderly services are considered.

Further Details

Pages: 79-88
Volume: 9
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 27.5.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 26/08/2013
Keywords: North Americaoldercognitive
Reads: 197