This page provides PROJECT materials and information. Projects are evolving and reflect emerging efforts of the MHSsig Membership.

Project Materials of Mental Health Services
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If blue they are active, if black they are in the planning stages.

Project Materials for Dialectical Behavior Therapy approaches for People with IDD

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  • Look here for future links to DBT-related materials for people with IDD
The Skills System Instructor's Guide - at iUniverse website (link); however, also easily purchased on
  • Brown, Julie F. - The Skills System Instructor's Guide: An Emotion-Regulation Skills Curriculum for all Learning Abilities (2011): Having the capacity to benefit from emotions, rather than being paralyzed by them, offers people the opportunity to navigate difficulties, while being able to face life, relationships, and themselves with courage, grace, and strength. In The Skills System Instructor’s Guide, author Julie F. Brown provides a curriculum for helping people improve emotion regulation capacities, which allows the person to actively participate in both joyful and challenging aspects of life.The guide presents nine simple, user-friendly adaptive coping skills effective for individuals of diverse learning abilities. Based on Dialectic Behavior Therapy principles, the Skills System helps people of all ages learn to effectively regulate emotions, thoughts, and actions to reach personal goals.
MHADD 2001Article: 4-StageModel-Borderline Personality D/o in People with Mental Retardation - Download PDF
  • Wilson, Susan R. - Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities, 2001 - V4,#2: Successful treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) among individuals with mental retardation (MR) in residential settings is complicated by the feelings of helplessness, confusion, and hostility often generated among direct support staff responsible for treatment. Effective staff training and presentation of the treatment plan in a simple, proactive format increases staff understanding and competence and thus enhances successful treatment. In this paper, a four-stage format for behavioral and psychiatric intervention in people with BPD and MR in residential settings is presented. A case study illustrating the effective implementation of the model in a 48-year-old woman with MR and BPD, living in a community group home, is also presented.
MHADD 2006 Article: DBT for Individuals w/Int. Disabilities: A Program Description - Download PDF
  • Lew, M.; Matta, C.; Tripp-Tebo, C. & Watts, D. - Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities, 2006 - V9,#1: The use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the intellectually disabled population is discussed with regard to the adaptations clinicians and programs must make in the standard manualized approach developed by Marsha Linehan. A specialized program developed by The Bridge of Central Massachusetts is presented along with examples and data from its implementation. Clinical recommendations for using this psychotherapy technique are included.

Proposed Projects of Mental Health Services SIG for AAIDD Executive Board

Please recommend other sources for MHIDD projects.
MHIDD Task Force 2009 Final Report completed December, 2009
  • From Joanna Pierce, AAIDD President: The charge to your task force is to design a plan for how AAIDD can lead the field in this area. This could include products (e.g., publications, training), networking, or other activities that you decide. We ask that your group be creative and decide what is important for your issue and then develop a plan that suggests how to move forward as well as who could be involved in moving each of your ideas forward. To start this process quickly, we are asking that you have a preliminary plan or set of ideas to us by December 15.

Please recommend other sources for MHIDD projects.
Pennsylvania Brochure on Dual Diagnosis, 2007
  • Submitted by Vincent Chesney, AAIDD MHS SIG Chair: This brochure was given with permission to disseminate. While it reflect DSM-IV-TR terminology, it has many useful points that are generally appropriate to the population of people with dual diagnosis (IDD/MH).

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