To enhance the mental health of older adults in Indiana through public education, training, and advocacy by improving access to mental health services, reducing the stigma of mental health and aging, increasing the quality of programs and services, and providing a forum of cooperation and collaboration for the aging and mental health networks.
Founded in 1991, the Indiana Mental Health and Aging Coalition is a coalition of professionals, consumers, individuals, family members, caregivers, agencies and organizations. The Coalition members work in concert to promote wellness among older Hoosiers. The Coalition works to improve the availability and quality of mental health preventative and treatment strategies to older adults and their families.
The Indiana Mental Health and Aging Coalition's focus is to address issues and overcome barriers as it pertains to an individual's emotional, physical, spiritual, and social needs.
IMHAC addresses issues:
Chronic mental illness
IMHAC overcomes barriers:
Shortage of dually trained professionals in mental health and aging
Assistant Vice President to the CEO:
The Indiana Mental Health and Aging Coalition concluded the 1st Older Adult Leadership Academy in May 2011. Why host a leadership academy? Indiana needs older adult consumers to advocate and give a voice to older adults affected by mental illness. The Leadership Academy was based on WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) and gave participants the tools necessary to communicate and advocate effectively (with legislators, elected officials, health coverage providers, behavioral health providers, ect) on behalf of consumers with mental illness. Participants completed this intensive 3 day training and are on their way to making a positive impact in their local communities as well as in our State. Funding for the Leadership Academy was secured through the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction through the CMHS Olmstead Mental Health Grant.