Webinar on “The Attorney Client Relationship: Bridging the Gap between Attorneys, Clients with I/DD, and Their Families”

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Support for FDA Proposal to Ban Electric Shock for Behavior Control

In a letter signed by Founder and CEO Dr. Robert J. Fletcher, NADD has made known its support for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal to ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior. Click here to read letter.

Webinar on Future Planning

The Arc offers a webinar on June 21 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time on the topic of “Future Planning for People with Dual Diagnosis of IDD and Mental Health Needs: Strategies and Challenges.  The panelists are Joan Beasley, PhD, Marisa Brown,  MSN, RN, Robert J. Fletcher, DSW, and Karyn Harvey, PhD.

Dr. Robert Fletcher Receives National Award

We are pleased to announce that the NADD Founder/CEO, Dr. Robert J. Fletcher, was the recipient of the first William I. Gardner  Leadership Award that was given by the National Center for START Services. Click here for details and to listen to Dr. Fletcher’s acceptance speech.

Survey on Addiction – Win a Book

We kindly ask you to participate in an online survey on the perception of addiction among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants can enter a drawing to win a book from the NADD bookstore. You can access the questionnaire by following this link to this survey.  Filling in the questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes.

The NADD, in facilitating this research project, is not responsible for the actions of the researchers, and neither supports nor opposes the findings obtained.

Free Training – Trauma Informed Care for Individuals with IDD

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is offering a free online course, “Trauma-Informed Care for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD).” Click here.

Two New Trauma Videos

Two new videos, “Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Trauma” and “Safety Without Seclusion and Restraint,” have been added to the web-based, video-enhanced trauma resource tool titled “Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources,” which was originally released in 2014. To learn more, click here.

Rob’s Corner

Check out what NADD’s CEO has been doing recently.  Click here.

A Change of Editors at JMHRID

With the January-March 2016 issue of Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, we say good bye and thank you to Johannes Rojahn, who has been Editor-in-Chief of JMHRID since its inception in 2007.  Under the leadership of Dr. Rojahn, JMHRID has become a trusted and valuable source of important data-driven information.  The NADD community wishes to express our sincere “thank you” for his founding tenure as Editor-in-Chief.

We want to welcome Dr. Angela Hassiotis as the new Editor-in-Chief of JMHRID.  Dr. Hassiotis began in this leadership role effective January 2016.  Writing in the final issue of 2015, Dr. Rojahn said, “I am very pleased and appreciative to have such an accomplished scholar and clinician at the helm for the Journal’s next chapter.”  Dr. Hassiotis is Professor in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at University College London and honorary consultant Psychiatrist at the Camden Learning Disability Service.  The author of over 150 publications, she brings a plethora of research and scholarly experience to this new leadership position.

Find Out All About the NADD Accreditation Program

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To read an article published in the NADD Bulletin about the NADD Accreditation and Certification Programs, click here.

Public Policy

An important paper written by Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health as a subcontractor to the National Association of State Mental Health Project Directors (NASMHPD) in consultation with NADD – “Learning Community Supports Interagency Planning for Youth with Co-occurring Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders” Click here for PDF

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Seeking Articles for the NADD Bulletin

NADD seeks articles for the NADD Bulletin.  Click here.

NADD 33rd Annual Conference & Exhibit Show-2016

November 2 – November 4, 2016

Sheraton on the Falls Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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NADD Membership Offer

NADD offers an introductory rate of $99 for new members.

NADD has reduced the new individual member fee from $135 to $99.  This is a savings of more than 25% available for new NADD members.   Memberships purchased now are good until December 31, 2016.

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Online Courses

NADD and Relias Learning offer online courses such as “Understanding Dual Diagnosis: Intellectual Disability and Mental Health,” “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Separating the Data from the Myths,” and “CBT for People with Developmental Disabilities.”  Continuing education credit is available.  Click here for details.

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Training, Certification, & Accreditation


NADD has over thirty years experience of providing state-of-the-art training on many topics concerning services for individuals with a dual diagnosis.  This training can be tailored to the educational needs of the organization requesting the training.

Additionally, we can provide several days of training, using a train-the-trainer model. A variety of state-of-the-art clinical practices can be covered through 10 training modules. Materials available include a train-the-trainer textbook that includes a thumbdrive of all the content. Additionally a trainee workbook is available.

This training is based on Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual/Developmental Disability: A Resource for Trainers by Robert J. Fletcher, Daniel Baker, Juanita St. Croix, and Melissa Cheplic.  Click here.


NADD offers three competency based certification programs for personnel. These are 1) Clinical Certification, 2) Direct Support Professional Certification and 3) Specialist Certification (this is for case managers, service coordinators, supervisors, managers, residential and vocational staff, etc.) For information about NADD Certification Programs, click here.


Programs which include services for persons with a dual diagnosis (IDD/MI) might be eligible to apply for the NADD Accreditation. NADD accredited programs have demonstrated quality services as measured by NADD accreditation standards. For information about NADD Accreditation, click here.


As a result of NADD trainings, certifications, and/or accreditation, it is expected that we will see improved outcomes for clients who use the services. Additionally the anticipated outcome will include fewer hospitalizations, fewer emergency room visits and less need for other crisis intervention services. This should significantly reduce costs.

Inquiries about training can be made to:

Dr. Robert Fletcher, NADD Founder & CEO
Phone: (845) 331-4336