Mental Health Fact Sheets & Video



The following one-page informational fact sheets feature topics and resources related to children with a dual diagnosis of mental health and intellectual/developmental disabilities:

Accessing Mental Health Services in Washington State
Understanding how to access mental health services can be confusing. This bulletin discusses the three main ways to do this when services are needed for a person with developmental disabilities. (2/4/14)
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Defining Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities
Due to last year’s changes in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a shift is taking place in the way individuals with mental health and intellectual/developmental disabilities are now diagnosed. Find out how diagnoses are being made and how the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is revising its rules related to Autsim. (4/2/14)
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The What, Where, and How of Mental Health Evaluations
Children and youth who are experiencing mental health problems should be evaluated by a mental health professional, preferably one with pediatric expertise in developmental disabilities. If this includes prescription of psychoactive medication, its use should be integrated into the larger plan to build a supportive environment for the child/youth that includes psychosocial supports. (4/28/14)
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Access to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
If you have a child who’s been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, you may have heard of a type of therapy called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA teaches skills that improve behavior and communication related to core impairments associated with autism and a number of other developmental disabilities. Chances are, if you’ve heard of it, you may have also heard that can be challenging to access. This one page fact sheet describes the different types of pathways to receiving ABA, and where to turn for help if your child is covered under private insurance.
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Resources for Children with I/DD and Mental Illness
A handy one page resource listing of who to contact for mental health coverage, evaluations, treatment, and support for children dually diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilties and mental illness.
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Options for Children with Intensive Behavior Support Needs
In-home and (temporary) out-of-home options for children with developmental disabilities and/or mental health conditions that require intensive intervention. Services provide stabilization and support for both the individual and family.
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Beyond Labels: Erasing the Stigma of Invisible Disability

Non-IFBT Resource Materials:

Behavioral/Emotional Concerns Checklist for Caregivers (developed by the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative)



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