ID/IDD and Mental Health: Current Research and Suggested Practices

Tuesday, July 24
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: The Admiral's Quarters

The American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition (DSM-5), defines intellectual disability/intellectual developmental disorder (ID/IDD) under the neurodevelopmental disorders section characterized by deficits in intellectual and adaptive functioning in terms of conceptual, social, and practical domains originating in the developmental period (Munir, 2016). The prevalence of ID/IDD is around 1–3%, and co-occurring mental ill-health is around 40%, with persistent mental ill-health around 30%. AS of 2016, only one in 10 youth with ID/IDD with comorbid mental disorder receive specialized mental health services (Munir, 2016). With mental health services at the forefront of today’s societal discussions, more individuals with cognitive, adaptive and language impairments should be provided with appropriate mental health services to improve one’s quality of life. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the same mental health services and interventions as others have access to. ID/IDD services and community based organizations should be designed with the knowledge that a very high proportion of persons with ID/IDD will have substantial and persistent co-occurring mental disorders across the lifespan. Mental health service planning needs to identify and leverage supports to provide those appropriate mental health services and to enhance capacity in education and skills training among parents, support personal, mental health professionals and families of persons with ID/IDD and other neuro-developmental conditions. This session will provide participants with tangible clinical suggestions for improving specialized mental health services for community based organizations and suggestions for further professional development in an effort to elicit the most positive outcomes with a focus on the individual, family, local mental health providers and one's community.

Chris Abildgaard

The Social Learning Center, LLC

Chris Abildgaard, LPC, NCC, NCSP is the owner and director of the Social Learning Center, LLC. located in Cheshire, CT.
Chris is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a Nationally Certified Counselor & a Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition to a Masters and 6th Year degree in School Psychology,he has earned a Graduate Certificate from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Behavioral Interventions in Autism.


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