Resources for Individuals with Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
This webpage provides information to assist providers and families of individuals with a developmental disability and mental health needs.
From the Office of the Medical Director's parameter no. 4.18:
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, the prevalence of mental disorders in people with intellectual disabilities is three to four times higher than in the general population. For example, individuals with co-occurring intellectual disabilities (CID) have unique needs with regard to mental health assessment and treatment, education, employment and, at home, in residential and other community settings.
CID is a risk factor for developing a variety of mental disorders and can affect clinical presentation. CID is often associated with additional medical problems and/or substance abuse. Additionally, individuals with CID are at greater risk for abuse and exploitation than the general population.
Many individuals with developmental disabilities are eligible for Regional Center services. Each Regional Center is a nonprofit, private corporation that contracts with the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to coordinate or provide community support, resources and access to services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. There are 21 Regional Centers throughout California, seven of which are in Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles County Regional Center Calendars of Events/Training
Strategies for providing EBP therapies for the DD/MH population
- San Diego Certificate of Excellence in the area of Dual Diagnosis (a developmental disability combined with a mental health disorder): http://www.solutionsbuilding.org/
Probation Coordinators for Developmentally Disabled Minors
- Juvenile Hall:
- Field Services:
Regional Center Jail Liaison