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Unpacking the Myths of Dual Diagnosis (IDD and Mental Health)

Kristen Benway, IDD Outreach, Onboarding, Quality at Service Access & Management, Inc.

Providing mental health support to someone with a Developmental Disability (DD) can be challenging. With mental health disorders being 2-4 times more prevalent in people with DD, we need to be aware of biases and misconceptions that have created barriers to individuals accessing the proper supports and treatment. In this webinar, we will unpack the myths that often create barriers in providing supports, openly discuss what makes supporting someone with a dual diagnosis challenging, and discuss tools and resources that can help overcome these barriers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify common misconceptions about people with intellectual disabilities and a concurrent mental health disorder.
  2. Explore challenges in providing mental health support to someone with a developmental disability.
  3. Identify biases that create barriers in providing mental health support to someone with an developmental disability.
  4. Explore practices and resources that can provide quality supports for someone with a dual diagnosis.
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