Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Older Hartford Residents

This three-year study identified the predictors and prevalence of depression and anxiety in aresidential community of older, primarily minority, adults living in public and private seniorhousing in Hartford, CT and determined the barriers and facilitators to clinical care for thispopulation. The study assessed the use of non-clinical community resources and the significance offamily and community support systems in the treatment of mental health problems. It also exploredhow individual or personal understandings and definitions of depression and anxiety impacted theeffectiveness of mental health clinical care and treatment for this population. We used in-depthinterviews to identify barriers and facilitators to clinical care, community coping strategies andresources and culturally based definitions of depression and anxiety. The project sought toformulate a “building-based” approach to education, support, and referral for depression, anxiety,and related mental health problems. Information about these areas can assist in promotingculturally appropriate services, thus improving access to, and efficacy of, mental health services forlow income older adults of diverse ethnic/cultural backgrounds. An anticipated outcome of theproject was the development of an advocacy network (with national collaboration) to improvefunding for mental health service delivery to older adults.

Additional Information:

ICR
Jean J. Schensul, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Kim Radda, M.A., R.N.
Co-Principal Investigator/Project Director

William Disch, Ph.D.
Senior Research Analyst

Michelle So, B.A.
Data Manager

Evelyn Baez, B.A.
Community Researcher

Ken Brockman, H.S.
Community Researcher

Leslie Escobales, B.A.
Research Assistant

Braceland Center
Julie Robison Ph.D.
Site Principal Investigator

Sonia Gaztambide, M.P.H.
Community Researcher

Stefanie Kniep

NCAAA
Carmen Reyes, M.P.A.
Site Principal Investigator

Hartford Hospital
Gretchen Dieffenbach, Ph.D

Please read the project abstract here.

Charter Oak/Rice Heights Health Center

Hartford Behavioral Health

Institute for the Hispanic Family

Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital Mental Health Network, Geriatric Programs & Emergency
Services

St. Francis Hospital Behavioral Health/PATH Outpatient Services

Capital Region Mental Health Center

Peter Guarnaccia, Ph.D., Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Cathy S. Berkman, Ph.D., MSW, Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service

Madeline Iris, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Buehler Center on Aging

Zibin Guo, Ph.D., University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology/Geography

David Schonfeld, M.D., Yale University, Pediatrics and Child Care Study Center

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