Coming To Terms With The Other Dual Disability: Intellectual Disability And Mental Illness

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Authors: Paul O’Neal & Fiona McDermott, VIC

Year: 2004

Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 0975765302

Abstract: This paper will provide a brief overview of the co-existence of intellectual disability and mental illness, known colloquially as the other ‘dual disability’. Whilst there are funded programs in place for persons with either intellectual disability (ID) or mental illness(MI), there remains considerable scope for the development of a comprehensive and coordinated service system for people with dual disability. These individuals are among the most severely disadvantaged in our society today and, typically, are likely to ‘fall through the cracks’ in either the ID service system or the MI service system. Their needs are frequently unobserved and, as a result, remain untreated.

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