Learning Community Supports Interagency Planning for Youth with Co-occurring Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders
Learning Community Supports Interagency Planning for
Youth with Co-occurring Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders
Public systems confront obstacles when providing for children with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) who also have mental health or behavioral disorders. Because their needs are often not adequately addressed, these children and youth are at high risk for expensive and preventable out-of-home placements in foster care, juvenile detention, psychiatric institutions and developmental disabilities centers. This report describes lessons gleaned from a Learning Community developed by Georgetown University’s National Technical Assistance for Children’s Mental Health to assist cross-agency teams and families in three states to improve care for this vulnerable population. The project was conducted in consultation with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and NADD, the Association for People with Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Needs.