The purpose of the BHPAPs is to assist individuals who are dually diagnosed with a mental illness and ID and/or Autism as well as those involved in his or her care with treatment planning. It is important to note that psychiatric diagnoses should only be made by qualified medical and/or mental health professionals.
The BHPAPs will assist with understanding what common mental illnesses are by providing clear definitions, as well as a list of possible behaviorally observable symptoms that may be present for each diagnostic category or disorder. The BHPAPs also provide information about support strategies and provides examples of psychotropic medications that are commonly prescribed.
The goal of the BHPAP is to assist with identifying and tracking the symptoms of a given psychiatric disorder. In addition, the BHPAP will assist with identifying possible evidence-based strategies to support the individual. Each BHPAP has a template that can be used to describe behavioral observations, support strategies, prescribed psychotropic medications, frequency of support, desired outcome(s) specific to the individual. The BHPAP also provides a space to list all the individuals responsible for following the plan.
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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.This training curriculum was developed for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Offices of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and Developmental Programs (ODP) by the PA Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum Committee.
Passport to the Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum
Your Passport to the Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum can help you track the trainings you take as part of the curriculum.
Use this passport to document each specific training that you attend, its date, its length of time, and have it signed off by the trainer. Maintain your passport for it may be helpful as an adjunct to your resume or curricula vitae.
The Health Promotion Activity Plan (HPAP) is an easy way to plan supports for someone with a particular health care diagnosis. Each plan can be personalized to an individual’s needs. PCHC's HPAPs provide:
Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC) provides health related training and educational activities directed toward a variety of audiences including: people with an Intellectual Disability (ID) and/or Autism, health care professionals, support coordinators, provider agency staff, administrative staff, families and caregivers.
Regular in-person and/or online training offerings by PCHC include, but are not limited to the following topics: