Developing best practices for behavioral and mental health treatment for individuals with developmental disabilities: Maryland's efforts

Patricia Brierley-Bowers, Jason M. Noel, Diane L. Dressler, Breck Borcherding, Gerard Gallucci

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Abstract

We describe efforts by providers and stakeholders in Maryland to develop Best Practices for behavioral and mental health treatment for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Maryland initiative was characterized by inclusion of expert opinion and stakeholder experience to achieve consensus on Best Practices for the treatment of individuals dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and mental health or behavioral problems. An innovative, open space technology format was used during the Maryland Best Practices Conference that was held in February 2004. The planning and processes that resulted in the Maryland initiative are discussed and highlight the impact of these efforts. Results of the conference, workgroups and survey suggest many strengths in current practice as well as areas in need of development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalMental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities
Volume9
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Best practices
  • Developmental disability
  • Integrated treatment
  • Intellectual disability
  • Mental retardation
  • Open space technology
  • Psychiatric disorder
  • Service delivery models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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