Across the U.S., various issues, including workforce shortages and traditionally siloed care models, are impacting the ability of older adults to access behavioral health services. The intention of this RFP is to provide grant funding to explore and test innovations to deliver behavioral health services and supports to older adults in home and community-based settings despite limited workforce capacity and availability.
Additional objectives include learning from grant recipients’ innovation outcomes to inform behavioral health and aging services policy and to potentially replicate and scale promising practices.
This opportunity is funded by the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (MCOA) through a contract with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) for the provision of behavioral health services for older adults in the Commonwealth.
Innovations may encompass early intervention, treatment, and/or continuing care. Innovations may also address a variety of conditions, including but not limited to, mental health conditions, substance use disorder, social isolation and loneliness. Innovations may also aim to build or strengthen pathways between home and community-based settings and the behavioral health care system, including the recently designated Community Behavioral Health Centers (expected to begin operations in January 2023). Read the full RFP here