The Gatekeeper Program is a geriatric mobile outreach program designed to proactively identify at-risk older adults in the community who are not connected to the service delivery system. Staff are specifically trained to look for signs and symptoms that may indicate the older adult is in need of assistance. The program increases public awareness of the needs of the older adults before a crisis occurs, and upon identification of an older adult in need, staff are able to engage and initiate an individual's in-home assessment and provide or access a variety of supportive services. The program is designed to keep at-risk seniors in their own homes, and prevent premature out-of-home placement by addressing unmet needs. The program code describing this geriatric mobile outreach service demonstration program should not be used for services provided by a licensed outpatient program, or for services provided by another active OMH funded program. This program is associated with a grant under the RFP titled "Partnership Innovation for Older Adults."
Units of Service: The total number of contacts both primary and collateral, with no time threshold, which may be face-to-face, by phone, or through other technological means permitted in the RFP.