Author: Joan B. Beasley, Ph.D., Private Consultant, Chestnut Hill, MA
Persons with developmental disabilities and behavioral/mental health needs are significantly more likely to use emergency mental health services than other forms of mental health care. The high use of emergency services may be attributed at least in part to a lack of effective prevention and intervention strategies, a high occurrence of aberrant behaviors including aggression, and poor cross systems collaboration. This training will present effective strategies for individualized community support, crisis prevention and intervention planning to assist persons with developmental disabilities and behavioral health service needs. A model cross-systems crisis prevention and intervention-planning instrument will be reviewed.
Produced in 2003.