Indiana Mental Health and Aging Coalition


To enhance the mental health of older adults in Indiana through public education, training, and advocacy by improving access to mental health services, reducing the stigma of mental health and aging, increasing the quality of programs and services, and providing a forum of cooperation and collaboration for the aging and mental health networks.agingcoalitionlogo

Founded in 1991, the Indiana Mental Health and Aging Coalition is a coalition of professionals, consumers, individuals, family members, caregivers, agencies and organizations. The Coalition members work in concert to promote wellness among older Hoosiers. The Coalition works to improve the availability and quality of mental health preventative and treatment strategies to older adults and their families.

The Indiana Mental Health and Aging Coalition's focus is to address issues and overcome barriers as it pertains to an individual's emotional, physical, spiritual, and social needs.

IMHAC addresses issues:

    • Mental Wellness
    • Emotional well-being
    • Quality of Life
    • Depression
    • Dementia
    • Suicide
    • Cognitive impairment
    • Alcohol abuse
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Chronic mental illness

IMHAC overcomes barriers:

    • Stigma
    • Ageism
    • Inadequate insurance coverage
    • Fragmented service systems
    • Scarcity of caregiver support services
    • Shortage of dually trained professionals in mental health and aging

Assistant Vice President to the CEO:
Rebekah Gorrell
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Sextons Creek

Sextons Creek, a strategic services and communications firm serving clients in the area of government relations, strategic communications, media productions, and business services, represents Mental Health America of Indiana at the Indiana General Assembly where Stephen C. McCaffrey serves as Principal & Chief Policy Officer.

Among other services, Sextons Creek assists patients, providers, professionals, not-for-profits and pharmaceutical companies to collaborate with other stakeholders to improve access to healthcare in public health and criminal justice settings.

Sextons Creek provides services to MHAI that include legislative and regulatory monitoring, issue management, research, and legislative and administrative lobbying.  All clients of Sextons Creek as well as The Third House (which has represented MHAI and joined Sextons Creek) clients receiving lobbying services are registered with the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission at:


The Indiana Mental Health and Aging Coalition concluded the 1st Older Adult Leadership Academy in May 2011. Why host a leadership academy? Indiana needs older adult consumers to advocate and give a voice to older adults affected by mental illness. The Leadership Academy was based on WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) and gave participants the tools necessary to communicate and advocate effectively (with legislators, elected officials, health coverage providers, behavioral health providers, ect) on behalf of consumers with mental illness. Participants completed this intensive 3 day training and are on their way to making a positive impact in their local communities as well as in our State. Funding for the Leadership Academy was secured through the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction through the CMHS Olmstead Mental Health Grant.