Under McLean’s agreement with Rippl Care, McLean will provide strategic consultation for the co-development of the Rippl Academy’s core curriculum, the proprietary professional education program for Rippl’s care teams to support older adults living with dementia and their family caregivers.
To address a crisis of unmet mental health needs among seniors with dementia and their family caregivers amid a shortage of mental health providers with expertise treating this population, McLean Hospital, a member of Mass General Brigham, has entered into an agreement to offer strategic advisory services and professional education to Rippl Care.
Rippl provides specialty dementia care and is pioneering a new care model in an effort to expand access to high-quality, wraparound behavioral health care for seniors, their families, and caregivers.
Under McLean’s agreement with Rippl Care, leaders in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry will provide advisory and consultative services to Rippl teams and plan to co-develop a professional educational and training program, the Rippl Academy. Mass General Brigham Ventures is a founding investor in Rippl Care.
As part of the agreement, McLean will provide these services to Rippl teams, thereby enhancing Rippl’s ability to deliver professional education and training for licensed care professionals (doctors, nurse practitioners, and social workers) along with community health workers about research-informed, evidence-based practices working with seniors with dementia.
A goal of such efforts would be to reduce emergency visits and inpatient admissions for mental health crises that are so disruptive for patients and their families.
McLean experts providing advisory services include Ipsit Vahia, MD, interim chief of geriatric psychiatry, Marie Clouqueur, LICSW, social worker and specialist in caregiver support, and Sara L. Weisenbach, PhD, ABPP, chief of neuropsychology.