The Mental Health and Aging Advocacy Project is a program of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP). MHASP's executive director, Joseph A. Rogers, recognizes the need for MHASP to support local, state and national advocacy efforts by older adult mental health consumers. For this reason the project's director, Tom Volkert, in addition to organizing on a local level is also assisting the Bazelon Center's efforts at developing a national senior consumer constituency.
The Project brings several already successful programs to MHASP:
- The Delaware Valley Mental Health Aging Advocacy Committee, focused on increasing awareness of mental health and aging issues and providing a forum for discussion and exchange of information.
- The Mental Health and Long-term Care Task Force, targeted to expanding and improving services in residential facilities - including training nursing home staff members.