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Dual Diagnosis

What is a Dual Diagnosis?

Dual Diagnosis is the co-existence of the symptoms of both intellectual or developmental disabilities and mental health problems. The identification of psychiatric disorders in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities is not a new phenomenon, but it has received much more attention in recent years. The process of deinstitutionalization (individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities released from institutions and placed in community residences) has increased the visibility of dual diagnosis. – NADD (An association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs).

Current Projects & Activities

The Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities is collaborating with the Department of Health & Welfare and Optum, Inc. to provide two separate three-day workshops for clinicians featuring Julie F. Brown, Ph.D. The first training will take place in the spring in Coeur d’Alene and the second in September in Pocatello. Check out Julie Brown’s website for details about the training she will provide. More details to come soon.

Related Five-year Plan Goals & Objectives

Goal 1:  Adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities experience improved quality in Home and Community Based Services.

Objective 1.4

  • Work with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to build capacity in mental health services available to individuals who experience a dual diagnosis of mental illness and intellectual/developmental disability by July 2021.
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