The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) have undertaken a joint initiative to address the needs of people who have an intellectual disability as well as mental health challenges. People who have both of these challenges are commonly referred to as those who have dual diagnosis.
Curriculum for Direct Supporters
Included in the initiative is the development of a curriculum for Direct Supporters. The curriculum is designed for Direct Supporters who work in either the intellectual disability field or the mental health field.
Goal for Direct Supporters
The ultimate goal of this training curriculum is to provide information that can aid in the understanding of the struggles and the triumphs of those you support or will support. This curriculum was designed to demonstrate the complexity of dual diagnoses and the factors that need to be considered to best support those with whom you come into contact. The PA Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum was also designed to demonstrate that all people in this world, regardless of their challenges, are much more alike than they are different.
The Training Curriculum
For more information about this training curriculum for Direct Supporters of people with ID, download the Pennsylvania Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum Training Summaries.
- Aaron McHugh, MS,NCC,QIDP: Dual Diagnosis Specialist, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care
The Medical Trainings in this curriculum were developed by:
- Linda Ulinski, RN,CDDN: Clinical Education Manager, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care
This training curriculum was developed for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Offices of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and Developmental Programs (ODP) by thePA Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum Committee.