Infographics, Reports, and Data from the Behavioral Health Initiative

As a part of the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative (Behavioral Health Initiative) a team of researchers from Portland State University’s Institute on Aging is contracted by the Oregon Health Authority to evaluate progress in achieving the goals of the Initiative, with one component involving conducting an online survey of stakeholders.

Explore the infographics and factsheets we’ve developed based on our research as well as our reports based on surveys from stakeholders, recommendations for policy makers based on our evaluation, and the logic model that informs our work.

Infographics & Factsheets

What is the Behavioral Health Initiative?

This factsheet describes the Behavioral Health Initiative and services provided by the Behavioral Health Specialists.

Metrics and Activities for Collaboration and Coordination

This factsheet describes metrics and activities to improve cross-sector collaboration with key community partners. This is intended for the OABHS but may be useful for other aging and BH professionals.

Recommendations from the Evaluation

Recommendations for policymakers and other decision-makers based on findings from the evaluation of the Initiative

Expanding Behavioral Health Services through Medicare

This factsheet is for behavioral health and aging professionals, and provides information about how behavioral health services can be delivered under Medicare.

The Interface Between Serious Mental Illness & Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

This factsheet describes the cognitive and behavioral trajectories of three types of SMI and aids clinicians and other behavioral health professionals in differentiating between symptoms associated with dementia and cognitive decline in these three SMIs.

Assessing Consumer Decision-Making Capacity

This factsheet can be used be clinicians to determine consumers’ ability to understand and make informed decisions about treatment options, measure cognitive impairment, determine whether and how to limit consumers’ independence, and assist the care team in allocating healthcare resources, supervision, and assistance that respect individuals’ autonomy

Behavioral Health Initiative Infographic

The Initiative is making a difference! This infographic includes impact data about the initiative.

Behavioral Health Challenges for Older Adults and People with Disabilities Infographic

General Facts on the behavioral health challenges older adults and people with disabilities face in Oregon and the United States.

Examples of Additional Programs Implemented by Specialists from the Initiative Infographic

Examples of additional programs that specialists from the Oregon Behavioral Health Initiative have created.

Addressing Loneliness and Isolation Among Older Adults

This factsheet is for behavioral health and aging professionals and provides information about how they can best support older adults experiencing isolation and loneliness.

Complimentary Behavioral Health Interventions

This factsheet is for behavioral health and aging professionals and describes low-cost therapeutic adjuncts to mainsteam behavioral health interventions.

Stakeholder Survey

The stakeholder survey reports include data findings and recommendations based on responses to an annual evaluation survey distributed to stakeholders of the Initiative.

Recommendations for Policy Makers

These recommendations are based on findings from the evaluation of the Behavioral Health Initiative.


Integrate behavioral health (OHA) and aging services (DHS) for older adults and people with disabilities with cross system care needs

  • Acknowledge shared responsibilities for services by executing MOUs at the state and local levels
  • Use “braided” or blended funding strategies so that each agency contributes to the needed array of services
  • Prioritize building bridges between local agency leaders and their staff to reduce state agency siloes

Elevate older adults and people with disabilities as a priority population in state-sponsored behavioral health initiatives

  • Allocate funding for appropriate services
  • Support and invest in a knowledgeable and skilled workforce
  • Promote program development to enhance access to services and specialized housing

Increase Medicare literacy and promote structural changes

  • Allocate funding for technical assistance for providers
  • Educate providers on behavioral health billing codes and alternative strategies
  • Advocate for increased reimbursement rates and a larger group of qualified
    professionals who can provide billable mental health services for this

Logic Model

The Logic Model for the Behavioral Health Initiative maps out the barriers/gaps, strategies and actions, systems outcomes, and consumer outcomes for the initiative.