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NC Medicaid Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Tailored Plan will launch July 1, 2024.

Geriatric Adult Specialty Team

Partners’ Geriatric and Adult Specialty Team (GAST) is charged with increasing the community’s knowledge and understanding of mental health and substance use issues facing older adults.

The team of registered nurses, licensed clinicians, and mental health professionals host educational events and teach training sessions for staff in:

  • Long Term Care facilities
  • Senior Centers
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Meals on Wheels Programs
  • Adult Day Care

  • Veteran Affairs Staff
  • NC Community Resource Connections
  • Department of Social Services
  • Faith Based Organizations
  • Law Enforcement and Judicial System

To schedule a training session, please call Partners at 1-877-864-1454, option 0, or email

GAST is accredited by the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulations for continuing education credits. GAST offers training on many geriatric-related topics, including:

  • Assisting the Person with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Respectful Communication with Dementia and Mental Illness
  • Understanding How Alzheimer’s Changes People
  • Behavioral Intervention and Crisis Planning
  • Dealing with Difficult Behaviors in a Care Setting
  • Depression in the Elderly

  • Elder Substance Abuse and Use
  • End of Life and Mental Illness
  • Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness in Older Adults
  • Respecting the Rights of Persons with Mental Illness through Improved Communication
  • And medication courses for long term care facilities

Learn more about GAST from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.