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Interprofessional Education in Co-Occurring Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Health - Behi
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When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
9:00 AM
Where: Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital
1121 N Church Street
Ground Floor AHEC Classrooms 1-3
Greensboro, NC  27401
United States

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Title:  Interprofessional Education in Co-Occurring Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Health - Behind the Scenes of Integrated Care: The Case of Willow McDonald


Description: The lack of access to behavioral health services is among the greatest health care disparities in the United States, and access is particularly problematic for children and transitional age youth (10-25). Youth and young adults who have co-occurring developmental disabilities (DD) and behavioral health (BH) issues have a prevalence rate conservatively estimated at 33%. The presence of BH problems can greatly reduce the quality of life of youth and young adults with DD as they transition from family life to independence, along with a profound impact on their postsecondary education and workforce opportunities. However, few professionals are trained in this specialty and even more are unaware of how frequently the two conditions coexist. The lack of education among health and behavioral health professionals around issues affecting individuals with DD is a contributing factor in the health faced by this population each day. Patients with DD also report “lack of dignity during examinations,” poor medical explanations, and feeling “rushed and overlooked” in clinical settings. In clinical encounters involving transitional age youth and adults with disabilities, failures in communication have hindered the medical interview, undermined patient understanding of treatment options and risks, and diminished patient satisfaction. The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has declared, “All people, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), should have timely access to high quality, comprehensive, accessible, affordable, appropriate healthcare that meets their individual needs, maximizes health, well-being and function, and increases independence and community participation.”

Through lecture and the use of a videotaped Standardized Patient case simulation (The Case of Willow McDonald), participants will gain knowledge and skill in the following areas: Integrated health care and Interprofessional collaboration in a primary care setting, co-occurring DD/BH disorders, Family-Centered Practice, Family Support, transition planning and patient and family support.


Presenters: Barbara Leach and Tamara Norris, MSW, MPA


Fees: $115.00 (lunch included)


Credits: 6 hrs


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