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Bringing together those suffering with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or any other mental health struggle!

Intellectual Disability and Mental Health

A Training Manual in Dual Diagnosis

Based on decades of experience treating individuals who live with both intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disorders, this handbook clarifies the extremely complex nature of working with dual diagnosis. In-depth information about the diagnostic process, hands-on treatment considerations, and the elements of proper staff training are featured, and complicating factors in identifying appropriate psychiatric diagnoses are addressed. Exploring the problematic underreporting of psychiatric symptoms and disorders, this guide is ideal for a variety of contexts, offering innovative approaches to treatment and intervention strategies that can be immediately implemented. Additional topics covered include medical contributors to psychiatric conditions, positive behavioral supports, and transitional planning.

Psychiatric and Behavioural Disorders in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Entirely revised and updated, this edition of a very well-received and successful book provides the essentials for all those involved in the fields of intellectual, developmental and learning disabilities and mental retardation, drawing both on clinical experience and the latest research findings. An international, multidisciplinary team of experts cover the available literature in full and bring together the most relevant and useful information on mental health and behavioural problems of people with intellectual, developmental and learning disabilities and mental retardation. In addition, this book highlights the principles behind clinical practice for assessment, management and services. It offers hands-on, practical advice for psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, therapists, social workers, managers and service providers.

Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual / Developmental Disability

A Resource for Trainers

Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual/Developmental Disability: A Resource for Trainers is a landmark contribution to the field of support for persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Mental Health concerns. This book can be used by a myriad of different professionals and care providers for a variety of different purposes. It may be used: (a) to train others for professional development (train-the-trainer model), (b) as a resource guide for individual study, or (c) as a reference guide. Proper support of mental wellness among persons with IDD requires a significant body of information and knowledge, and the authors of this book are happy to offer it as a means for educating professionals and care providers.

Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities and the Aging Process

This book is the third in a series with the InternationalAssociation for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities(Series Editor: Matthew P. Janicki). These publications aredesigned to address the issues of health, adult development andaging among persons with intellectual disabilities. For many years it has been recognized that some adults withintellectual disabilities are at elevated risk for mental andbehavioral health problems. Often the aging process can complicatethe identification, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of thistype of dual diagnosis and present complex challenges to cliniciansand carers. This book is designed as a practical resource for thoseinvolved with the support, care and treatment of persons withintellectual disabilities, and should prove particularly useful asthis community achieves increased longevity. The book is dividedinto three parts: Prevalence and Characteristics; Diagnosis andTreatment; and Service System Issues.

Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A Framework for Professional Practice

Children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at high risk of co-morbid emotional, behavioural, and psychiatric problems that may further reduce their functional abilities. For the clinicians who support them and their families, meeting the needs of children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health problems is challenging. In this book, clinicians who work with young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health problems will find a comprehensive framework for how their complex needs might best be addressed. Relevant biological, developmental, family, educational, social, and cultural factors are integrated. The evolution of developmental sequence is seen as vital to understanding the mental health problems of young people with disabilities. This view informs multi-dimensional assessment of behaviour, and addresses conceptual confusion in defining behaviour problems, developmental disorders, mental disorders, and serious mental illnesses. Evidence-based interventions to promote skill development and mental health in young people with disabilities are described. A model for how interdisciplinary and multi-agency collaboration and co-ordination might be facilitated is outlined. Parents’ perspectives are also presented. Fundamentally, though, this is a book by clinicians, for clinicians. All clinicians and other professionals who work to improve mental health outcomes and quality of life more generally for young people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities - paediatricians, child psychiatrists, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, behaviour clinicians, counsellors, teachers, agency managers, among others – will find the book invaluable.

Intellectual Disability

A Guide for Families and Professionals

Approximately 2.5 million people in the United States--one percent of the population--have an intellectual disability (previously referred to as mental retardation). These conditions range from genetic disorders such as Down syndrome to disabilities caused by infectious diseases and brain injury. Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Families and Professionals, by one of the country's foremost authorities on intellectual disability, is a comprehensive resource that will be of importance to anyone with a personal connection to a child or adult with a neurodevelopmental disorder. Emphasizing the humanity of persons with intellectual and related developmental disabilities, psychiatrist and pediatrician James Harris provides essential information on assessment and diagnosis of intellectual disability, treatments for specific disorders, and ways to take advantage of the wide array of services available today. The focus throughout is on the development of the person, the positive supports necessary for self-determination, and, to the extent possible, independent decision making. Harris also surveys historical attitudes toward intellectual disability, the medical community's current understanding of its causes and frequency, and the associated physical, behavioral, and psychiatric conditions (such as seizure disorder, depression, and autism) that often accompany particular types of intellectual disability. The book addresses legal, medical, mental health, and research-related issues as well as matters of spirituality, highlighting the ways in which individuals with intellectual disability can meaningfully participate in the spiritual lives of their families and their communities. Each chapter ends with a series of key points to remember, and the book concludes with a list of additional resources of further interest. Intellectual Disability is a must-read for parents and families of those with neurodevelopmental disorders, providing guidance and essential information to help their family members effectively, and to make a significant, positive difference in their lives now and in the future.

Handbook of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This book provides easy-to-access, reliable, up-to-date information on the numerous advances in research, assessment, treatment, and service delivery for clinicians, academics, administrators and other mental health professionals. It examines issues surrounding intellectual and developmental disabilities in a real-world sociopolitical framework. In addition, the book summarizes the major domains and emerging subspecialties of this vast area into one useful reference and so offers a wide range of assessment and diagnostic tools and tactics, including cognitive and adaptive behavior assessments.

Core Curriculum for Specializing in Intellectual and Developmental Disability

A Resource for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

Written by nationally known leaders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, Core Curriculum contains easy-to-read, comprehensive information on health concerns for persons of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Designed for classroom use and self-study, the text is presented in a straightforward outline format, with extensive resources and references throughout. The authors address the most important health issues affecting this population, and the subsequent management of these issues.

Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability

A Practical Manual

Patients with intellectual disability (ID) can benefit from the full range of mental health services. To ensure that psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and treatment interventions are relevant and effective; individuals with ID should be evaluated and treated within the context of their developmental framework. Behavior should be viewed as a form of communication. Individuals with ID often present with behavioral symptoms complicated by limited expressive language skills and undiagnosed medical conditions. Many training programs do not include focused study of individuals with ID, despite the fact that patients with ID will be seen by virtually every mental health practitioner. In this book, the authors present a framework for competent assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in individuals with ID. Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability is a resource guide for psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other prescribers treating patients with ID. It is a supplemental text for psychiatry residents, medical students, psychology graduate students, psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, behavior support specialists and nurses. To assist the practicing clinician the book includes: Clinical vignettes Clinical pearls Charts for quick reference Issues concerning medications and poly-pharmacy Altered diagnostic criteria specific for use with individuals with ID There are no evidence-based principles dedicated to psychotropic medication use in ID, but consensus guidelines address the high prevalence of poly-pharmacy. Altered diagnostic criteria have been published which accommodate less self-report and incorporate collateral information; this book reviews the literature on psychotropic medications, consensus guidelines, and population-specific diagnostic criteria sets. Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability also includes: Interviewing techniques and assessment tips for all levels of communicative ability as well as for nonverbal individuals Assessment of aggression to determine etiology and formulate a treatment plan Overview of types of psychotherapy and suggested alterations for each to increase efficacy Relevant legal issues for caregivers and treatment providers The detective work involved in mental health assessment of individuals with ID is challenging yet rewarding. The highest quality mental health treatment limits hospital days, improves quality of life and often allows individuals to live in the least restrictive environments. Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability is a must have resource for clinicians treating the ID population.

Health Promotion For People With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities

This book offers a wide range of health and social care professionals, the knowledge and strategies to address key issues, enabling and empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to enjoy healthier lives.

Handbook of Developmental Disabilities

This authoritative handbook reviews the breadth of current knowledge about developmental disabilities: neuroscientific and genetic foundations; the impact on health, learning, and behavior; and effective educational and clinical practices. Leading authorities analyze what works in intervening with diverse children and families, from infancy through the school years and the transition to adulthood. Chapters present established and emerging approaches to promoting communication and language abilities, academic skills, positive social relationships, and vocational and independent living skills. Current practices in positive behavior support are discussed, as are strategies for supporting family adaptation and resilience.

Intellectual Disability, Trauma and Psychotherapy

People with intellectual disabilities have emotional and mental health needs just like anyone else. Until recently however there has been little research of effective psychological treatment or direct, accessible psychotherapy provision for this client group. Intellectual Disability, Trauma and Psychotherapy focuses on the delivery of psychotherapy services for those with intellectual disabilities. Leading professionals in this specialist field are brought together to describe the history, theory and practice of their work in twelve focused chapters that draw on the work of psychotherapists including Bion, Winnicott, Sinason and Alvarez. Topics covered include: therapeutic responses to cultural and religious diversity support for parents with intellectual disabilities developing healthy and secure attachments within the family dealing with intense feelings of shame helping clients to cope with traumatic sexual experiences. Drawing on over a decade of pioneering practitioner experience at Respond – a government-funded psychotherapy service for people with learning disabilities based in central London – this book explores the practical issues in providing therapy to this client group, whether individually, in families, in groups, or by the use of telephone counselling. It closes with a chapter exploring the way forward for those who wish to develop services of this kind.

Mental Health Counselors

Financial Health & Literacy

Mental Health Advocacy

Mental Health Peer Support

Mental Health Education

Mental Health Recovery

Exercise Mental Health

Hidden Disabilities

Mental Health Issues

Disability Justice Network of Ontario

Works with community members locally in Hamilton, Ontario and across the province to ensure that people with disabilities are free to be.

The aim is to build a just and accessible Ontario, wherein people with disabilities:
* Have personal and political agency
* Can thrive and foster community
* Build the power, capacity, and skills needed to hold people, communities, and institutions responsible for the spaces they create

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)

A community-based mental health service that works with other organizations to form a coordinated network of services to meet the mental health needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. Services include assessment, treatment recommendations, and education and support to patients and caregivers.

Disability Justice Network of Ontario

Works with community members locally in Hamilton, Ontario and across the province to ensure that people with disabilities are free to be.

The aim is to build a just and accessible Ontario, wherein people with disabilities:
* Have personal and political agency
* Can thrive and foster community
* Build the power, capacity, and skills needed to hold people, communities, and institutions responsible for the spaces they create

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)

A community-based mental health service that works with other organizations to form a coordinated network of services to meet the mental health needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. Services include assessment, treatment recommendations, and education and support to patients and caregivers.

Bethany Residence

Provides accommodation, meals and helps with activities of daily living for adults experiencing cognitive difficulties, impairments or psychiatric problems.
* facility includes 6-plex house linked to main building
* independent and intermediate care floors
* open plan lounges with separate dining room
* ensuite bathrooms designed for maximum safety and independence
* electronic staff-call system
* nurse monitored, secure medication administration
* weekly visits by doctors

Special services available include
* unique unit design to provide enhanced care
* enclosed courtyard
* 24 hour supervision
* weekly psychiatric clinic
* medication compliance support
* independent laundry facility
* counseling and money-management
* lifeskills programs
* social recreation in-house and linking client to community resources

Central West Specialized Developmental Services - Developmental Services - Oakville - Main Office

Providing specialized residential services, care and support to individuals over 18 years of age with developmental disabilities, challenging behaviors and mental health issues * residential services are located in a central administration and recreation building in downtown Oakville * operates eight homes in the communities of Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Halton Hills and Georgetown * elected volunteer board of directors is responsible for the governance of the organization


Services for individuals with multiple developmental disabilities with a focus on complex needs
  • individuals are served by a multidisciplinary team consisting of direct care counsellors and other professionals including physiotherapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, nutritionist, nurses, physician and psychiatrist
  • ongoing assessment, treatment and management
  • opportunities for basic life skill development, workshop activities and for some supported employment
  • a ten bed activity-based respite program for children and adults with complex needs
  • managing Halton Support Services

Dual Diagnosis Service
  • provides consultation, comprehensive assessment, treatment planning, interpretation, on site support and follow up, mentoring and education/training

Short Term Assessment and Treatment Environment (STATE)
  • for those with a dual diagnosis - assesses the individual and develops a treatment plan that will assist in integrating the individual back into their community

Central West Region Passport Initiative
  • administers program for adults with a developmental disability who have completed school and are seeking community participation supports

Central West Community Network of Specialized Care
  • working with community partners to develop, coordinate and streamline access to resources


Services and Programs:
  • Halton Support Services
  • Halton Wraparound and Seniors Wraparound
  • Respite Services

Bethesda - Twin Lakes Clinical Services - Hamilton Mountain East

A regional program, that offers specialized clinical services, including psychiatry, psychology, social work services and speech and language services, to adults with a developmental disability

The second location in Thorold is at:
3280 Schmon Pkwy, Unit 10, Thorold, ON L2V 4Y6

Contact Hamilton for Children's and Developmental Services - Children's Services

Helps children, youth and their guardians find services for children and youth presenting with social, emotional, behavioural, psychiatric and/or developmental concerns.
*Information about available services
*Central intake and referral
*Coordination of services
*Planning for the children's and developmental services systems

Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services - Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services, Burlington - Burlington

Children's mental health and autism services include:

Day treatment programs:
* for children and youth with significant social, emotional, and/or behavioural needs, in partnership with the Halton District School Board
* each program is located in a community school, open to all areas of the region, elementary and secondary, combined focus of mental health and education

Woodview Learning Centre:
* private school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, located at 69 Flatt Rd, Burlington (fee-based program)

HIP (Halton Intensive Program):
* outreach services include home-based services and supports for children ages 6-12 with serious social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties

YODA (Youth Overcoming Depression & Anxiety):
* services youth in grades 6-8 requiring support to address issues of anxiety & depression and/or having difficulty functioning in their home, school and community environments
* offers 10 week group treatment programs in community schools in North Halton (covers Oakville) and Burlington

LINKING:
* offers support for youth and families experiencing a high degree of conflict

E.I.E.I.O (Early Identification, Early Intervention Outreach):
* 20-week school-based therapeutic program for children ages 6-8 showing signs of significant social, emotional and/or behavioural problems and some difficulty in the school setting and/or at home
* offers families an opportunity to build on their strengths, skills and relationships

Ontario Autism Program:
* for children with a formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
* detailed assessments, intensive individualized instruction focused on skill building and generalization of core skills to other environments, family involvement in setting goals
* skill building services and supports for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
* individualized plans, family involvement in setting goals, in home and in community settings, parenting workshops

For additional information on mental health and autism programs, please visit Woodview's website

Camelot Centre - Adult Day Program - Shoreacres Bible Chapel

Structured program, staff and volunteers are committed to responding to the individual needs and interests of clients:
* individuals choose the number of days per week that they attend, dependent on availability
* offers programming in life skills and social development
* cooking
* physical recreation programming
* art and movement therapy

Bethany Residence

Provides accommodation, meals and helps with activities of daily living for adults experiencing cognitive difficulties, impairments or psychiatric problems.
* facility includes 6-plex house linked to main building
* independent and intermediate care floors
* open plan lounges with separate dining room
* ensuite bathrooms designed for maximum safety and independence
* electronic staff-call system
* nurse monitored, secure medication administration
* weekly visits by doctors

Special services available include
* unique unit design to provide enhanced care
* enclosed courtyard
* 24 hour supervision
* weekly psychiatric clinic
* medication compliance support
* independent laundry facility
* counseling and money-management
* lifeskills programs
* social recreation in-house and linking client to community resources

Central West Specialized Developmental Services - Respite Services - Oakville - Main Office

A community service for Halton residents with developmental disabilities

  • respite program operates on-site in a separate house and serves individuals with multiple needs from over the age of five
  • provides non-emergency respite for families and caregivers for the weekend, or up to a week at a time
  • provide relief both in and out of the home
  • Host agency for respiteservices.com in Halton