Promising Legislation for Reform – People with IDD in the Criminal Justice System

The Arc National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability is offering a free webinar, “People with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: Promising Legislation for Statewide Reforms,” on February 25, at 1:30 Eastern time. Click here for information and to register.

Increase Awareness/Decrease Stigma – Free Webinar

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) will be hosting a free webinar, “Let’s Talk About Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities,” on Wednesday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, with Dave Hingsburger and Dr. Yona Lunsky. The webinar is geared toward all human services professionals who work in the United States and Canada.

Registration is limited to the first 1,000 people. Click here to register.

Health and Wellness for People with IDD

An issue brief describing the research goals identified by invited participants charged with addressing health and wellness for people with IDD at the National Goals Conference in Washington, DC on August 6-7, 2015 has been released.  Click here to read this issue brief.

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.

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Find Out All About the NADD Accreditation Program

Click here to view this free webinar.

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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32nd Annual Conference: A Successful Event

Over 400 people from 32 US states as well as Asia, Canada, and Europe attended the NADD 32nd Annual Conference in San Francisco.  Click here for highlights of the conference.

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 Directory

NADD is pleased to offer an online directory of IDD/MH providers. Click here to visit the NADD Online Directory and for directions about proposing an agency for inclusion in the directory.

Online Courses

NADD and Relias Learning are 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.”   Click here for details.

Seeking Articles for the NADD Bulletin

NADD seeks articles for the NADD Bulletin.  Click here.

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At no cost to you, Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to NADD.  Click here or go to and select NADD as your charity.


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