Author: Lawrence A. Dana, Ph.D., Psychologist, Wilton DDSO, Wilton Development Ctr., Wilton, NY
Persons with developmental disabilities and psychiatric illness represent challenges to the skills of clinicians in two crucial areas. First and foremost, clinicians must be sensitive to the rights of these individuals to receive the same scope of services that they would receive if they were not also cognitively disabled. And secondly, the services which are delivered must be integrated in a way which makes them effective for this population. Dr. Dana will focus his presentations both on these issues, giving examples of effective, integrated services to dually diagnosed persons with a variety of clinical problems.