The mission of Senior Reach is to support the well-being, independence and dignity of older adults by educating the community, providing behavioral health, care management services, and connecting older adults to community resources.

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Senior Reach®, a nationally recognized evidence based program through the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), provides outreach and education,  behavioral health treatment,  care management and other needed community based services to older adults (aged 60 and older) who are isolated, frail, or in need of support.  This community-based, collaborative program identifies older adults who may need emotional support and/or connection to community services, but are not seeking services on their own behalf.

Created in 2005 through a multi-agency partnership to better serve older adults, Senior Reach has achieved proven clinical outcomes that include reductions in depression, anxiety, social isolation and increased overall recovery.  The Senior Reach model and its outcomes have been researched by a private evaluator from the program’s inception and the model has been successfully replicated as well.  Senior Reach built upon the research of previous Gatekeeper programs and added critical enhancements including new approaches to engagement, flexibility in treatment, access to short term mental health treatment, greater emphasis on natural community supports, proven research methods, and efficiency of resources.

Six Purposes of Senior Reach

  • Identify targeted at-risk older adults.
  • Assess Community Partner referrals, outreach, and treatment
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of older adults referred.
  • Increase referrals, community support, agency awareness, and exportability.
  • Develop infrastructure to support Senior Reach.
  • Implement Senior Reach according to the model to increase likelihood of success.