NADD 33rd Annual Conference



33rd Annual Closing Comments

And the return from Niagara Falls, Canada….the NADD 33rd Annual Conference program addressed a variety of topics concerning:  Research, Policy and Practice in IDD/ MI.   Here are the latest highlights….

There were two keynote presentations by:  Elspeth Slayter, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Salem State University, Salem, MA, USA  and Elizabeth Lin, PhD , Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto who spoke about Weaving Together Addictions and Developmental Disabilities: The “Other” Dual Diagnosis. Also, we had Susan Havercamp, PhD, OSU, Nisonger Center Columbus, OH and Peter Szatmari, MD, from the Hospital for Sick Children and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, ON, CAN who spoke on Autism: Innovative Approaches to Improve Mental Health across the Borders.

This year’s conference was located at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls Canada, one of the largest, and most superb locations in Niagara Falls, Canada.  Guests found unique opportunities due in part to Niagara Falls’s great attractions.

More than half of those attending the conference were from Canada. People came from each of the following US states including: CA, , IA, ID, IN, MN, MA, ME, NC, NH, NY,OH, PA, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI.

More than 385+ guests attended the show, thank you all for joining and contributing to this years’ conference!

5 FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS were given to persons with disabilities or their families, as well as staff members who support these individuals, to help defray the cost of the conference fees.

3 DSP SCHOLARSHIPS were given to enable Direct Support Professionals to attend the conference an also to strengthen their understanding and skills in order to better provide for those they serve.


During the 33rd Annual NADD Conference awards were presented:

  • The Earl L. Loschen Award for Clinical Practice –  Karyn Harvey, Ph.D.
  • The Frank J. Menolascino Award for Excellence –  Mark Fleisher, MD., NADD-CC
  • DSP Award for Excellence – Inocencio Albrincoles
  • Member of the Year Award –  Brian Tallant, LPC
  • NADD Research Award – William R. Lindsay, Ph.D.

NADD was also proud to present the NADD Annual Poster Session Award. The poster was judged by the NADD Research Committee and the award was given to MEDICAL ISSUES AMONG PSYCHIATRIC OUTPATIENTS RESEARCH by Kousha Azimi, HBSc School of Medicine, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, CAN


If presenters supplied a handout it is available at the following conference link:


To all our 33rd Annual Conference Co-Sponsoring Agencies:  We thank you again for partnering with NADD on this important event.  We appreciate all of the support which is crucial for NADD to continue its mission.  This year’s conference was jointly sponsored by NADD & Drexel University College of Medicine.  The Coffee Service Sponsor was American Network of Community Options and Resources.  The Reception Sponsor was-NHS Human Services. The conference was produced in association with: The Arc; American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Collaborative on Health and the Environment; Organization for Autism Research; NADD Ontario; The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services; National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; Community Networks of Specialized Care; Surrey Place Centre; National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors; Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities; NHS Human Services; The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities; Learning Disabilities Association of America. 

We also like to thank the many other exhibitors who displayed the top of the Industries products and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs

Thanks to the attendee volunteers who participated this year in the volunteer program.  All help is great help!


Conference Photo Highlights:


Again, thanks for coming, to the 33rd Annual Conference from Co-Chairpersons

Susan Morris, MSW, RSW, NADD-DDS, Susan Morris Consulting Inc., Toronto, ON, CA;

and Yona Lunsky, PhD, CPsych, Centre for Addiction & MH, Toronto, ON, CA

and the rest of the NADD Conference Planning Committee.


Updates regarding next year’s conference will begin in early 2017 at


Watch for the Call for Presentations in March 2017 and submit a proposal addressing below….

More Assitive Technology

Enhanced Level System Strategies (i.e., policy work, advocacy)

Address Caregiver Resilience/Compassion Fatigue/Burnout

Collaborative Research Inter-Professionally

Continue to address Autism, Family and Develop an Addiction Track

DDx and Dementia and Aging in DDx.

Developing Networks of Local Resources

Impacting DSP treatment of IDD/MH individuals

Integrated Mental and Physical Health

More Interdisciplinary Practice

Trauma in the IDD population and Interventions to help

Healthy Sexuality: Teaching, Assessing and Treating Sexual Behavior

Practical Application of Therapies & Solution based information

Focus on Community Integration

Continue on Medical problems that may contribute to Psychiatric and Behavioral Challenges

More topics/presentations by multi-disciplinary team members , e.g., Allied Health

Positive Psychology

Longer Skill Trainings

Specific Intervention Recommendations for specific behaviors of concern and psychiatric symptoms

Trial Competency


Questions, concerns regarding the NADD Annual Conference, contact Lisa Christie, NADD Conference Planner, at or

Enjoy the Holidays!