More Research Needed on Caring for Residents with Mental Health Needs in Long Term Care Facilities

April 8, 2024

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General has published a new report, Nursing Home Residents with Endangering Behaviors and Mental Health Disorders May be Vulnerable to Facility-Initiated Discharges, suggesting that more research is needed on caring for residents with mental health needs in Long Term Care (LTC) facilities.

The report highlights the challenges that nursing homes face in caring for residents with mental health disorders, as well as raises questions about nursing homes' admissions of and capacities to care for these residents. As was written in the report, "More research is needed into how to provide safe and effective long-term care for residents with mental health disorders and behaviors, especially as the demand for such care grows. To that end, the new Center for Excellence for Behavioral Health in Nursing Facilities, established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in partnership with CMS, holds promise."

Click here to access the full report itself and for more information.

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