Aging with serious mental illness: One state’s response

Walter D. Dawson, Maureen Nash

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As care for individuals needing long-term services and supports has shifted from institutional settings to home- and community-based services (HCBS), caring for people with serious mental illness has become a significant challenge. Oregon has a long history of using community-based care (CBC) to serve all populations needing supports. This article outlines Oregon’s use of CBC and how those services apply to individuals with serious mental illness; it also addresses the financial and health-related issues facing family caregivers, who themselves often are of advanced age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-70
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Family caregivers
  • Home- and community-based services
  • Long-term services and supports
  • Serious mental illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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