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BCAT Approach is unique concept to address cognitive impairment in older adults

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Kristen Clark, a Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM), is an integral part of Mansbach Health Tools, LLC, and Sr. VP of the company working with William E. Mansbach, Ph.D, CEO and developer of the BCAT (Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool). When she talks about BCAT you can see the passion pouring out of her. BCAT is a unique tool for assessing older adults who have memory and other cognitive impairments.

Clark began working in geriatrics in a rehabilitation facility in Baltimore in 1997 where she met and worked with Dr. Mansbach, a Neuropsychologist, who works with brain functions in aging adults. "Drs.Mansbach & Melinda Fitting founded Comprehensive Geriatric Services (CGS), in 1992" according to Clark. CGS provided mental health services to residents in long term care settings.

Clark added, "CGS had contracts with 200 facilities in Maryland in 2007 when they merged with MedOptions." "When we left MedOptions, a behavioral health services company, in June 2012, we oversaw clinical services in 500+ facilities in six states," said Clark. Dr. Mansbach “has been a pioneer in the development of Memory Clinics,” according to Clark.

In 2005 Clark joined Dr. Mansbach and they opened a Memory Clinic in 2006 to provide cognitive and memory in-home assessments and in-office assessments at Harmony Hall Assisted Living in Columbia, MD. “The BCAT surfaced out of CGS in 2006,” said Clark.

In the summer of 2012 Dr. Mansbach formed a company called Mansbach Health Tools, LLC which focused exclusively on the BCAT Approach. The BCAT is typically given to adults 50+ but can be administered to younger people when there is a suggestion of cognitive impairment. Currently Mansbach Health Tools, LLC has 1,600 facilities worldwide certified to administer the BCAT.

The BCAT Approach consists of three distinct systems. They are the BCAT Test System, the BCAT Brain Rehabilitation Program and the BCAT Recreation Program. They are all person-centered and used by health care professionals and health care facilities and you can read more in the second article in this series.

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