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Geriatric / Adult Specialty Team (GAST)

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“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.” Mark Twain

GAST Training will be conducted throughout all 26 Trillium counties by Therapeutic Alternatives. To schedule a training please contact John Dawson at 910-231-5097. Therapeutic Alternatives offers training and education to staff of Long Term Care (LTC) facility, community partners, and caregivers who are caring for someone who is at risk for hospitalization due to psychiatric needs.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Community Agencies
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Senior Centers
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Department of Social Services
  • Nursing Homes
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Personnel
  • Volunteer Organizations
  • Domestic Violence Organizations

Therapeutic Alternatives helps caregivers by providing education about mental illness and working with them in developing a crisis plan but they do not respond to emergency or crisis situations. They travel throughout our 26-county catchment area to:

  • Provide training and education that enhances the understanding of mental health, substance use and dementia needs in older adults.
  • Ensure caregivers and service providers understand and know how to assess escalating behaviors to prevent psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • Offer required trainings and contact hours to Long Term Care staff at no cost.
  • Provide Geriatric Mental Health First Aid Training.
  • Increase the ability of adults living with a mental illness to live successfully in their community with a trained caregiver.

Geriatric/Adult Specialty Team Documents and Resources: