Nursing Homes Unprepared to Care for Younger Residents with Mental Illness

Source: Deane Beebe, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), 20 January 2011

The number of Ohio’s nursing home residents age 60 and below has grown significantly as young people with mental illness have increasingly been placed in this setting.

According to an article published in the Dayton Daily News on January 10, the shift to nursing home placements is the result of state budget cuts in recent years to the behavioral health support system…

…While some direct-care workers are trained in behavioral health (pdf page 6), these workers are typically employed in substance abuse or mental health settings. Training for these workers (pdf) is usually limited and declining….

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