With the funding of this NOFO, the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for a RRTC grant on Aging Among Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses. The RRTC must contribute to the development of new knowledge on serious mental illnesses extending into old age. The research activities must be focused on the priority population of adults aging with serious mental illnesses. According to SAMHSA, serious mental illness among people over the age of 18 is defined as having a diagnosable mental, behavior, or emotional disorder that causes serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Adults aging with serious mental illness are those with early onset of a serious mental illness and persistent symptoms and disability requiring long-term treatment and do not include adults with any mental illness with onset in late life. Mental health conditions of interest include mood, anxiety, and personality disorders; psychotic disorders and schizophrenia; and psychiatric syndromes excluding those related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias unless examined as an age-related comorbid condition. The RRTC must serve as a national resource center on aging among adults with serious mental illnesses and provide research-based training, technical assistance, and dissemination of informational materials to adults aging with serious mental illnesses and their representatives and other relevant stakeholders.
For further details on program priorities, see p. 9 of the FOA in Attached Files.
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