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Practicum Partnership Program

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has received funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation to participate in a university-community partnership called, "The Practicum Partnership Program."

The program's goal is to increase the number of graduate social work students with expertise in aging. In conjunction with local community agencies who specialize in serving older adults, Master's level social work students in their foundation year will rotate through field agencies that provide exposure to a wide range of experiences with diverse groups of older adults, and participate in aging-related leadership activities. Students who complete their foundation practicum are eligible to apply for an internship stipend in their advanced year of the Master of Social Work Program.

Practicum Partnership Program

Geriatric Mental Health and Peer Support (2009)

The current multiyear study, Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults Through Civic Engagement will complete the analysis of the Kansas Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) and the PASRR Level II datasets by comparing characteristics of older adults utilizing community-based services and those considering nursing facility level of care. An additional two years of data from the Universal Assessment Instrument (UAI) dataset will be collected and analyzed, in order to identify trends. In FY 09, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) staff will be interviewed to provide input with regard to findings. Another component of this project is a three year study to develop and pilot a peer support program within Central Plains AAA, in Wichita. At the end of the first year, we will provide initial data on applicability of this model for AAAs in Kansas. At the end of the second year, we will provide an in depth analysis of pilot data and establish protocols for implementation. At the end of the third year, a manual and related materials will be produced that will enable other AAAs and other aging service providers with the tools necessary to implement their own peer support program. This project is funded in part through a contract with the KDOA and SRS.

The study, Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Older Adults in the Community involved continuing to gather data in order to further identify trends about both older adults who used the Kansas Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), and older adults with serious mental illness considering nursing facility placement. In addition, data from the KDOA Universal Assessment Instrument (UAI) dataset (an instrument used by the AAAs) was analyzed in order to develop a profile of clients with low and high scores. In addition, in response to a request from the Governor's Mental Health Services Planning Council to modify the mental health training that had been developed for aging service providers so that it could be offered to CMHC case managers, a revised training was provided in both the western and eastern regions of the state. This project was funded in part through a contract with KDOA and SRS (report forthcoming).

The Older Adult Mental Health Service Access project continued the analysis of the Kansas Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) dataset in order to identify trends in utilization by older adults. Another activity was to analyze two years of data from the PASRR Level II dataset in order to provide a profile of older adults with serious mental illness considering nursing facility placement. A third activity was to survey all other states to identify innovative mental health services for older adults and strategies for funding those services. Finally, CRADO built on the Planning for Long Term Care Before the Boom project to determine the impact that Medicaid eligible older adults with mental health problems will have on the mental health system in Kansas (report forthcoming). This project was funded in part through a contract with KDOA and SRS.

The three year project, Connecting Older Kansans with Community Mental Health Resources involved the development, evaluation, and implementation of training and a screening tool to enhance the ability of Kansas service providers to identify older adults who may be experiencing mental health problems and to refer them for appropriate resources. Data was also collected to develop a profile of older adults who accessed Kansas Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs). This project was funded in part through a contract with KDOA and SRS.

Reports available:

Connecting Older Kansans with Community Mental Health Resources: A Pilot Study. Final Report (2005-2006). (pdf)

Connecting Older Kansans with Community Mental Health Resources: A Pilot Study. Status Report for FY 2004 (2004). (pdf)

Connecting Older Kansans with Community Mental Health Services: A Pilot Study Fiscal Year 2003 Status Report (2003). (pdf)

Recent Presentations:

Reynolds, K. (2007, November). Peer Support Programs for Older Adults. Older Adults and Life Transitions: Addictions. Mental Wellness, Ethics. Wichita, KS.

Reynolds, K., Etzel-Wise, D., Graham, A., Troutt, N., Luber, N., & Holthaus, J. (2006, April). Advanced Training: Case Management with Older Adults. Great Bend, KS.

Reynolds, K., Chapin, R., Rachlin, R., Lopez, A., Roberts, C. (2005, November). Do Older Adults Access Community Mental Health Centers? Paper presented at the 58th annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL.

Trout, N., Reynolds, K. (September, 2004). The Aging SPMI Individual. Kansas Health Care Association Convention. Kansas City, KS.

Geriatric Mental Health and Peer Support (2009)

Impact of the Workforce Enhancement Grants (2008)

The Impact of the Workforce Enhancement Grants project focused on the evaluation of grants provided by the Kansas Department on Aging to fund education programs for unlicensed staff working in nursing homes and long-term units of hospitals. CRADO conducted a research project to profile the facilities who participated in the training programs offered through the grant and to investigate the impact of the education programs on quality of care, quality of life, resident-centered care, and staff retention within nursing homes.

Publications:

The Impact of the Workforce Enhancement Grants on Nursing Home Quality of Care, Quality of Life, Culture Change, and Staff Retention (2008) (pdf) and Executive Summary. (pdf)

Impact of the Workforce Enhancement Grants (2008)

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