The first edition of Integrated Mental Health Treatment Guidelines for Prescribers in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (referred to as the IDD-MH Prescriber Guidelines herein), is now available as an online resource and printable PDF.

The primary aim of this project is to provide accessible best practice resources with a focus on integrated health and positive medicine for prescribers of persons with IDD and mental health needs.

The IDD-MH Prescriber Guidelines offer an overview of integrated health and psychopharmacological best practices in the treatment of patients with IDD and ASD. The guide is organized into five topic areas: 1) The Lived Experience Perspective: Working with Patients and Supporters; 2) Psychiatric Assessment Considerations; 3) Medical Assessment Considerations; 4) Best Practices in MH Diagnosis and Treatment; and 5) Prescribing in Mental Health Crises.

Prior to the development of this guide, focus groups were conducted with individuals with lived experiences, family members, clinicians, and prescribers. Focus group responses were analyzed and used to inform the development of the guide’s content and vet accompanying resources. Thank you to all contributors, editors, and prescribers who served as volunteer reviewers.

The development of The IDD-MH Prescriber Guidelines and accompanying resources were made possible with funding from the WITH Foundation and was field tested prior to publication. The aim of the editors is to continue to expand upon this foundation and provide additional best practice content to prescribers with periodic updates. 

Click here to access the IDD-MH Prescriber Guidelines.

The Integrated Mental Health Treatment Guidelines for Prescribers in IDD is a project of the Center for START Services at the Institute on Disability/UCEDUniversity of New Hampshire, and is funded by the WITH Foundation.

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