2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
State of New Jersey
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
New Jersey

The Statewide Clinical Outreach Program for the Elderly (S-COPE) provides crisis intervention and stabilization, consultation, and training for the management of mental health and behavioral issues in older adults (55+) residing in nursing homes and other residential care facilities. It functions as a multidisciplinary team consisting of a geriatric pyschiatrist, geriatric advanced nurse practitioners, a geropsychologist, and master’s level clinicians whose members are also available 24/7 in crisis settings to prevent unnecessary inpatient psychiatric hospitalization.