Supporting Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental Health Support Needs and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: Themes, Trends, and a Synthesis of Promising Activities
Source: National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: Peers, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Topics: Mental Health Treatment, Peer Support, Recovery from Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders
State agencies serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) routinely identify supporting people with co-occurring mental health issues as one of the largest challenges in their service delivery system. To spotlight effective strategies, the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and NADD, an international association for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health needs, joined in partnership. Each organization identified members who have succeeded in supporting individuals with co-occurring I/DD and MH support needs, hoping to identify themes and strategies that can be replicated across the country. This partnership resulted in a three-part roundtable series, and this report features summaries of the roundtable discussions on key topic areas.