Since its inception, NADD has worked to improve access to appropriate services for people with a dual diagnosis of IDD and mental illness. The division of responsibility between the mental health and IDD service systems has resulted, all too often, in a denial of comprehensive care and treatment for individuals who have IDD co-occurring with a serious mental health problem.
NADD has been successful in promoting services that bridge the gap between the mental health and developmental disabilities structures.
In 2014, and again in 2017, NADD organized public policy summits aimed at bringing issues concerning dual diagnosis into the national public policy agenda. Representatives from all major disability organizations as well as MCO’s, relevant governmental units, and families were represented at these summits. Action steps were identified and work continues to realize the vision developed in these summits.
We are proud to share the fruits of our Policy and Advocacy work to date with you in the pages below.
Advocacy Position Statements
“Health Care Reform: Ensuring Comprehensive Needs of Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Co-Occurring Mental Illness are Addressed NADD US Public Policy Statement – One Year Later Update and Next Steps”
Public Policy Updates
National Groups Convene to Address Challenges Facing Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Co-Occurring Mental Illness
NADD Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 1
Eliminate Discriminative Practices against Persons with Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Intellectual Disability: Let Their Voices Be Heard
NADD Bulletin, Volume 20, Number 3