In response, the INARF Dual Diagnosis educational track offered of Wednesday, March 16th will cover the following topics: 1) Promoting Relaxation for Individuals with IDD 2) Developmental Disabilities and Depression with Case Studies 3) Health Promotion Programs and the Impact on Mental Health, and 4) How Staff/Caregivers Can Make an Impact on Health. Each of these programs is designed to offer practical tips for all levels of staff to better understand and respond to increase the mental, emotional, social, and physical wellness of persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Meridian Health Services’ Connxxions Program is in 39 Indiana counties and growing. MHS has been named the first outpatient program accredited nationally to address the needs of persons with IDD and mental health concerns. They attribute part of their success to their understanding of the complex needs of those they serve and the idea that serving those needs is not best done alone. INARF members attending the conference are encouraged to visit the Meridian Health Services exhibit to explore creative partnerships in their regions.
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Taggart, L., & Cousins, W. (2014). Health promotion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Berkshire, England: Open University Press.