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Mainstreaming Medical Care

2023 Webinar Series on Medical Care
for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Mainstreaming Medical Care Program of The Arc of New Jersey
is pleased to present the 2023 webinar series:

Exploring Mental Health and Behavioral Health Challenges in People with IDD

This 5-part webinar series will examine the issue of dual diagnosis - co-occurring mental health and/or behavioral health disorders in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Topics will include diagnosis, treatment options, best practice, etc.

Join us the 4th Tuesday of every month, February through June, for this informative series.

Webinar #1

Unpacking the Complexities of Dual Diagnosis (Mental Illness and Intellectual and Developmental Disability)

Although mental health concerns are not uncommon among individuals with IDD, they are difficult to diagnose and treat. This webinar will include considerations for the diagnosis and non-pharmacological treatment of mental health concerns for individuals with IDD and serve as an introduction to The Arc of NJ's series on dual diagnosis.

Lucille Esralew, Ph.D., NADD-CC
Senior Psychologist Supervisor and Clinical Lead of the Clinical Services Branch
Office of Statewide Clinical Services, California Department of Developmental Services

Link to the recording    |    Link to the slides

Webinar #2: Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Assessment of Behavior Change in Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Behavior has multiple causes, including mental health conditions, discomfort, grief, trauma, the environment, and other unmet needs. Accurate assessment is valuable to understanding mental health symptoms, as well other factors that may contribute to behavior change. This session will address how to recognize and evaluate behavior change in people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) to identify appropriate treatment and support.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  • Identify factors that contribute to behavior change
  • Identify barriers to assessment in persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
  • Recognize indicators of a possible mental health disorder
  • Recognize how accurate assessment leads to effective treatment and support

Melissa Cheplic, MPH, NADD-CC
Senior Training and Consultation Specialist
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

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