Dual Diagnosis Professional Conference Series: Promising Positive Practices to Address the Mental Health Treatment and Service Needs of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities throughout the Lifespan

  • August 11, 2022
    9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Session Description

In this 3-hour training Dr. Joan Beasley will present best practices in mental health services and supports for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities throughout the lifespan. The presentation will include the perspectives of people with lived experiences as well as practitioners. The START model will be presented to demonstrate the effective use of these practices in cross systems crisis prevention and intervention. See the attached flyer for more information.

Session 1

9:00 – 10:30 am. Topics include: lessons learned over the past 50 years, integrated health approach, humanistic engagement vs. behavior support, public health tertiary model, and positive psychology/positive medicine.

Session 2

10:45 am – 12:15 pm. Topic: the START model.


What is the Dual Diagnosis Professional Conference Series?

The Department of Human Services’ Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) are pleased to announce the Dual Diagnosis Professional Conference Series, which offers presentations focused on supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism (ID/A) and mental health needs. The selected presenters share their expertise on best and promising practices as well as provide general knowledge. Session topics, which focus on increasing capacity to serve individuals with dual diagnosis in the community, are chosen based on identified needs and with input from the field of professional stakeholders.

  • Invited audience of all professional stakeholders, including direct and clinical supporters for individuals with ID/A are encouraged to attend.
  • Registration is required and at no charge to attendees.
  • Three (3) hours of training credit and a certificate of achievement is provided.