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Help Needed for MHSA Survey on Dual Diagnosis

The Other Dual Diagnosis - Take the Survey!

Have you worked with clients with “the other dual diagnosis”? That would be people with developmental disabilities (e.g., intellectual disability, autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, etc.) and mental health conditions.

People with developmental disabilities are at greater risk of mental health conditions.  Experts predict that up to 30-35% of people with developmental disabilities also have co-occurring mental health disorders.  This can be related to difficulty with communication, coping with stress and regulating emotions.  People with developmental disabilities also have a much higher likelihood of being victims of trauma than the general population, and are less likely to be resilient to the effects of trauma.  It is not surprising, then, that people with developmental disabilities face a wide range of difficulties related to trauma exposure, and have relatively low recovery rates from trauma without therapy.

Westside Regional Center (WRC) – in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) and North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) – applied for and was an awarded a Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) grant from the California Department of Developmental Services to explore mental health services for those with dual diagnoses of mental health disorders and developmental disabilities.  One component of this ongoing collaboration is the following resource website (http://www.reachacrossla.org) which you are encouraged to visit.

The current project focuses on mental and behavioral health services for individuals with or at-risk for dual diagnosis (mental health disorders and developmental disabilities) in order to improve integrated systems of care.

LACDMH, WRC and NLACRC have created a provider survey to help us better understand what services people with developmental disabilities are receiving for their mental health conditions as well as to elicit ideas from the community for how we can work more collaboratively together on behalf of our shared clients.  Ultimately, we hope that understanding the availability of services and working toward enhancing communications between individuals with dual diagnosis and mental/behavioral health providers will help to improve their access to and utilization of these services. 

We know how busy you are and how many requests for surveys must come across your desk, but we hope that you will take the time to answer this survey. Please know that the survey is completely voluntary and confidential. Although you will not be compensated for completing it, please know that your responses will contribute to improvements in mental health services, information and education sessions for your community.

Below you will find a link to the online survey.


Your response will be greatly appreciated!