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ACL Launches Center  to Improve Support for People Who Have Both Intellectual  and Developmental Disabilities  and Mental Health Disabilities

☷ACL Launches Center to Improve Support for People Who Have Both Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Disabilities

Administration for Community Living
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   To close National Recovery Month , ACL has awarded a cooperative agreement totaling an estimated $3 . 25 million over five years to create a national technical assistance and resource center that will improve support for people with co - occurring intellectual and developmental disabilities ( I/DD ) and mental health needs so they can live and participate in their communities . Earlier this month , the U . S . Department of Health and Human Services released a Roadmap for Behavioral Health Integration . The Roadmap , which was developed in support of the Pre......sident’s strategy to address the national mental health crisis , affirmed HHS’s commitment to “providing the full spectrum of integrated , equitable , evidence - based , culturally appropriate and person - centered behavioral health care . ” It outlined a range of actions to support the pillars of the President’s strategy , including the creation of this new resource center that will help to ensure that people with I/DD have access to the behavioral health care they need . Research has shown that people with I/DD who also have mental health needs – estimated at more than a third of people with I/DD – are less likely to access appropriate services when experiencing mental health crises than people without I/DD . They are more likely to be institutionalized than people with either disability alone , and they often remain in institutions longer than people who have only I/DD or mental health disabilities because they cannot access the services they need to live in the community . In addition , according to the National Core Indicators Consumer Survey , when compared to their peers with I/DD only , people with both I/DD and mental health disabilities who live in the community are more likely to live in congregate settings ( such as group homes ) rather than independent settings and to report feeling lonely . They are less likely to be in excellent or very good health or to report having friends . They also earn less than their peers without mental health disabilities . The grant was awarded to the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services ( NASDDDS ) in partnership with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors ( NASMHPD ) , and the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed ( NADD ) . Other key partners include: Autistic Self Advocacy Network , Center for Systemic Therapeutic Assessment , Resources and Treatment ( START ) Services at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability , CommunicationFIRST , Green Mountain Self - Advocates , Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University , andSonoran Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Arizona . It will focus on systemwide capacity building by supporting state agencies – including state behavioral health , developmental disabilities and Medicaid agencies – with resources related to policy development , service design , and service coordination across agencies . Guided by people with lived experience , including those from underserved communities , the center also will provide information , training , peer - to - peer learning for people with dual I/DD - mental health diagnoses , their families , and the professionals who work with them . This center will build on the work of ACL’s UCEDD National Training Initiative to Support People with I/DD and Mental Health Disabilities . Through that project multidisciplinary teams from state I/DD and mental/behavioral health agencies developed a shared training infrastructure for their staff that focuses on improving coordination of the services people with both conditions receive from these agencies . The Center also will leverage the recommendations of ACL’s Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities at the University of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center , which include increasing opportunities for medical students to specialize in serving people with I/DD; increasing knowledge of mental health characteristics among people with disabilities; improving the healthcare system; and conducting research related to the co - occurrence of disability and mental health conditions , needed treatments , and suicide prevention for this community . The cooperative agreement was awarded in the estimated amount of $650 , 000 annually for the period of September 1 , 2022 , to August 31 , 2027 , funded under the Projects of National Significance . Through the Projects of National Significance program projects , ACL supports the development of national and state policy and awards grants and contracts that enhance the independence , productivity , inclusion , and integration of people with I/DD .


30 September 2022 ( September 30 2022 )



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