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National Resources

The Center for Healthy Aging, part of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), encourages and assists community-based organizations serving older adults to develop and implement evidence-based health promotion/disease prevention programs. Evidence-based programming translates tested program models or interventions into practical, effective community programs that can provide proven health benefits to participants.

The Administration for Community Living (ACL), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is structured to provide general policy coordination and oversees the programmatic operations specific to the needs of each population served. ACL represents and advocates for individuals with disabilities and older adults to ensure that they are represented and directly involved in the development and implementation of policies, programs, and regulations related to community living.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance behavioral health across the life span and to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illnesses by improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services. In conjunction with AoA, SAMHSA created the Issue Brief 6: Depression and Anxiety Screening and Intervention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosts information on depression and older adults. The CDC produced “The State of Mental Health and Aging in America”

Issue Brief 2: Addressing Depression in Older Adults Selected Evidence-Based Programs

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH, part of the National Institutes of Health, provides reliable and factual information about mental health disorders and the latest mental health research results.

Archived Webinars

View and listen to archived webinar presentations about Healthy IDEAS.

Presentation on Healthy IDEAS: DEPRESSION: Evidence-Based Depression Care Management: Healthy IDEAS

Hear and see from adopters in two states about their experience regarding implementing the program at their agency.

Depression, Anxiety, and Suicide Prevention

Learn how state and local agencies address depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention in older adult clients, using evidence-based prevention and treatment programs such as Healthy IDEAS.

Addressing Depression in Older Adults through Evidence-based Programming

Hear and see program information and how agencies in the aging network use evidence-based programs that empower older adults to manage their depression and improve their quality of life. The two highlighted programs that meet the Administration for Community Living’s criteria for evidence-based programming are: Healthy IDEAS and PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives).

Reaching and Engaging Older Adults in Behavioral Health

Learn about successful strategies that community agencies have used to reach and engage diverse groups of older adults in early intervention around depression and other behavioral health issues.