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Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative

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What We Offer

Training

The Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative offers a variety of educational modules to support community agencies in meeting the unique needs of this growing population.

Questions about trainings? Contact us through our OABHI Training Interest Form

Complex Case Consultation & Our Interdisciplinary Team

If you are working with someone with unmet, complex care needs, consult with a team with specialized training in older adult care.​

Older adults have unique behavioral health needs that may be difficult to meet in community settings, particularly with limited access in rural areas. Providers are often asked to provide more specialized geriatric services without adequate resources or supports.

If you are working with someone with unmet, complex care needs, consult with a team with specialized training in older adult care.

Consultation includes:

  • Support from GOBHI’s Older Adult Behavioral Health team

  • Review of current status and previous interventions, and applicable evidence based practices

  • Assistance in identifying and accessing additional resources that may be available

  • Advocacy and follow-up

  • A written consultation summary provided to the referral sources and care team

About Oregon's Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative

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The goal of the Behavioral Health Initiative for Older Adults and People with Physical Disabilities (Behavioral Health Initiative) is to better meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities by improving timely access to care from qualified providers who work together to provide coordinated, quality and culturally responsive behavioral health and wellness services.

GOBHI currently holds three of the twenty five positions, covering 14 counties across rural Oregon.

The key job functions of the older adult behavioral health specialists are:

  • Workforce development and community education

  • Complex case consultation

  • Collaboration and coordination

Our Regions

Contact

Jacque Serrano, LCSW, CADC l (she/her)

Mental Health Programs Administrator

Phone: 971-361-9780

Email: jserrano@gobhi.org

Kai Burgess Nichols (she/her)
Older Adult Behavioral Health Coordinator, MS CADCIII QMHP

Counties: Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur
Phone: 541-705-4987

Email: kburgessnichols@gobhi.org

 

Rod Harwood (he/him)
Older Adult Behavioral Health Coordinator, QMHP-C

Counties: Baker, Morrow, Union, Umatilla, Wallowa
Phone: 541-293-1755

Email: rharwood@gobhi.org

Roni Hyde (she/her, they/them)
Older Adult Behavioral Health Coordinator

Counties: Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, Wheeler
Phone: 541-705-4870

Email: rhyde@gobhi.org

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