Up to 40% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) experience co-occurring mental illness. Despite the prevalence of mental health needs among people with I/DD, little is known about the best approaches for supporting the needs of people with I/DD and co-occurring mental health challenges and their families. In 2019 as part of its work as an FSRTC partner, The Arc conducted focus groups that probed the training needs of and barriers that disability, mental health, and education professionals face.
This brief explores the challenges people with I/DD and mental illness and their families face in accessing needed supports, including the need for training, systems change, and greater public awareness of this issue.
This webinar reviews two recent projects to learn more about what people with I/DD and mental illness need and how to better support people and families.
This webinar covers mental health courts that were created to divert people away from prison into long-term community-based services, but their efficacy for the I/DD population is unclear.
Seth Keller, MD, Past President of the AADMD and Co-Chair of the National Task Group on I/DD and Dementia Practices, reviews how changes in function can be assessed so that an accurate and early diagnosis of dementia can be determined.