The Aging Program at the Johnson County Mental Health Center has provided services specialized to meet the mental health needs of older adults for over twenty years. This program serves Johnson County residents, age 60 or older. Older adults residing in the community may access individual and group therapy services of the Aging Specialists at the two Outpatient Clinics.
In addition, the Aging Specialists provide outreach mental health services to the frail elderly residing in a long term care setting and to Johnson County homebound seniors through a contract with the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging.
Community education is provided to older adults, their families, and aging service providers to increase understanding of mental illness in older persons and reduce stigma.
The following are statements made by older adults after receiving treatment through the Older Adult Program at Johnson County Mental Health:
- “The Aging Specialist helps me deal with my health problems”.
- “I know I’m not alone”.
- “The services helped me with my grief after my daughter died”.
- “The Aging Specialist helped me see that I have options”.
- “The services helped pull me back from despair and suicide”.
Full-time professionals provide specialized aging services as part of the overall outpatient program.