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Positive Pursuits:

A Behavioral Health Model in Long Term Care

Originally Presented on November 29, 2012

Chandler Hall, a Quaker based long-term care residential and community service organization, funded by Friends Foundation for Aging and the Scattergood Foundation, developed a model to assist providers of long-term care services with the integration of behavioral health approaches and services into their long-term care operations. Behavioral health and long-term care have often operated in separate geographic, regulatory, and financial "silos," with integrated care ("geropsych") often considered the step-child of both worlds.

The model, which may be replicated with or without the workforce element includes:

  1. Workforce and Staff Development (to increase staff's skills and knowledge re:  behavioral health)
  2. Integration of Health and Behavioral Health Professionals (to improve communication and focus on behavioral health) and
  3. A Positive Pursuits Program for skilled nursing and personal care Residents (to integrate the preventive and mood-enhancing benefits of pleasurable activities with a "person-centered" care environment).

PowerPoint Presentation

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Sharing the Tools

Tools referenced in the presentation will be available here in the first quarter of 2013.

Contact Lynette Killen for more information about the program or if you would like to learn about replication.

 3544 North Progress Avenue, Suite 107 |  Harrisburg, PA 17110  |  717-857-3163Click here to go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website

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