The older adult specialist provides assessments to older adults in the community. This specialist provides mental health and substance abuse assessments in older adult clients’ home for the purpose of determining client’s mental health and substance abuse needs and referring clients to older adult programs in the community as agreed to by the client.
The older adult specialist also completes competency assessments, which are usually referred through Adult Protective Services. These assessments are for the purpose of determining if the client is able to make responsible decisions regarding his/her safety, personal care, medical care, and money management. If there are concerns about the client’s ability to complete these tasks, the older adult specialist then facilitates an expert evaluation from a psychologist or a physician. The expert evaluation is sent to Adult Protective Services who arrange for probate court to appoint a guardian, or conservator.
The older adult specialist also completes mental health reviews of PASARRS for the Ohio Department of Mental Health. The specialist provides a recommendation to ODMH whether the client’s needs meet the level of care required for a nursing home or further services.