Mental Illness and Addiction
What is the issue?
Current estimates show that 45% of adults with developmental disabilities also have a mental illness or addiction. Adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness or addiction need complex and highly integrated health care. They have poor physical health and often experience challenges finding their way through the health and social service systems. Currently, we do not have a good understanding of the unique needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness, and of those with developmental disabilities and addictions. Knowing more about this can help improve their health care.
How is H-CARDD helping?
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Summary: get a quick overview of this study in the research snapshot A Closer Look at Mental Illness and Addictions in People with Developmental Disabilities. Snapshots are easy to understand two page summaries of H-CARDD research findings.
Report: Read the final report from our Mental Illness and Addictions Team here!
Newsletter: H-CARDD contributes regularly to a newsletter with information for direct support workers published by Vita community services and HANDS Family Help Network. Read a special issue: Let's Talk About Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. This newsletter contains many links to helpful resources.
Video: watch a Town Hall presentation and discussion of the research findings on health and health care of adults in Ontario who have developmental disabilities plus a mentall illness or addiction problem.
Watch a presentation on Substance Related and Addiction Disorder in Ontario Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Presented at the CAMH Addictions Round, April 24, 2015.
Radio: listen to The Long Way Home with Dr. Yona Lunsky, at CBC radio, The Current. A documentary about the dilemmas facing those with dual diagnosis.
Health care tools: H-CARDD shares and develops tools for caregivers, clinicians and people with developmental disabilities that improve communication and information sharing in health care settings. Visit our health care resources section!
Related links: Portico, Canada's Mental Health and Addiction Network provides resources and information on dual diagnosis for clinicians, clients and families. It includes guidelines, videos, information on social support, and many practical tools.