Mental Health Needs of Persons With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Mental Health Needs of Persons With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experience more mental health disorders than the general population (Quintero, 2010). It is estimated that half of all individuals with IDD have symptoms of a co-occurring mental health disorder. The IDD populations’ susceptibility is increased by both biological and social factors. This course will help you support people with IDD who are experiencing symptoms of mental health disorders.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1832324

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-DSP2
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Identify potential symptoms associated with mental illness.
Discuss how persons with mental health disorders and IDD are treated in various service systems.
List strategies for how you can support people with both mental health disorders and IDD.


Section 1: Introduction

  1. About This Course

  2. Learning Objectives

Section 2: IDD and Mental Health

  1. Meet Some Individuals With IDD

  2. Mental Health Diagnoses and IDD

  3. Risk Factors for Mental Illness in those with IDD

  4. Review

  5. Summary

Section 3: Identifying the Symptoms

  1. When A Behavior Change Becomes a Problem

  2. Your Role in Identifying Symptoms

  3. Symptoms of Big Problems

  4. Review

  5. Summary

Section 4: Supports for People with Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders and Developmental Disabilities

  1. A DSP’s Role

  2. Observation and Assessment

  3. Behavior Support

  4. Crisis Prevention and Intervention

  5. Collaboration and Teamwork

  6. Review

  7. Summary

Section 5: Conclusion

  1. Summary

  2. Course Contributors

  3. Resources

  4. References

  5. Congratulations!

  6. Exam

Instructor: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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