Article by McKnight’s Long-Term Care

“Behavioral health needs are going unmet in as many as one-third of the nation’s nursing homes, while almost half employ staff without adequate behavioral health education.

Those were the major implications culled from a study of nearly 1,100 facilities conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. They surveyed the randomly selected facilities during a six-month period in 2017, asking questions about available behavioral health services availability, quality, satisfaction, staffing, staff education, turnover and service barriers.

Implementation of some new behavioral health requirements for skilled nursing providers went into effect that year, and yet many providers acknowledged they were under- or unprepared.

Despite new rules calling for multidisciplinary care teams and more social work involvement in every-day care, 30% of homes reported having inadequate coordination of care between nursing home and community providers. In addition, more than 26% had inadequate infrastructure to handle referrals and transportation, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.”

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