Mon - Thurs: 9:00am - 5:00pm | Fri: 9:00am - 4:00pm

IDD & Mental Health Conference – Agenda

9:00 – 9:15 a.m – Welcome, Amie Lulinski, PhD, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois

9:15 – 10:00 a.m – National Association on Dual Diagnosis to leadoff and share an overview of dual diagnosis and the National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD) presented by NADD

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. – “Trauma-Informed Environments and Developmental Disability” presented by Susan Kahan, LCPC

While trauma effects most people at some point across the lifespan, people with a developmental disability experience trauma at significantly higher rates than non-disabled peers. This presentation will discuss the impact of trauma on individuals with a developmental disability and suggest practical strategies to creating environments that support safety and connection, as well as reinforce a sense of meaning and value for the individual. 

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – BREAK

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Promising Practices in Co-Occurring IDD and Mental Health Conditions” presented by Kristen Dahl, LPC, MCHES, Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

We are making progress with care and conversations around intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health. We are recognizing the resiliency and self-determination of individuals. We are acknowledging trauma and the need for trauma informed practices. We are   reducing stigma each time we hold space for these conversations. How do we keep our momentum moving forward while recognizing the many barriers that still exist? In this session we will highlight promising practices in mental health care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – LUNCH BREAK

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Panel: Introduction from Erin Wade, PhD/BCBA-D, Jack Mabley Development Center “Embracing the Privilege of Serving People with a Dual Diagnosis” presented by Amie Burke, BCBA, and Kim Shontz, LCSW, Illinois Crisis Prevention Network

Over the past 12 years, the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network – Support Service Team has learned many lessons serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a mental health diagnosis. Developing the right tools and trainings to meet the needs of the person, their family, and support team is essential to our mission of helping people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Join us as we share the challenges and joys of serving people with a dual diagnosis. 

Short Term Stabilization Homes and Mental/Behavioral Health Services

Donna Ennis and Jacqueline Steward, Envision Unlimited

Charlene Bennett, EdD, Individual Advocacy Group

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Short Term Stabilization Homes and Mental/Behavioral Health Services “The Illinois Training Initiative to Support People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with Co-Occurring Mental or Behavorial Health Disabilities (Dual Diagnosis)” presented by Randa Abdelrahim, MS, Caitlin Crabb, PhD, MPH, and Tamar Heller, PhD

In this session, the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) team from the Illinois Training Initiative to Support People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with Co-Occurring Mental or Behavioral Health Disabilities (Dual Diagnosis) will discuss the background and purpose of the Training Initiative and provide a brief overview of what we know about dual diagnosis in Illinois.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – BREAK

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Policy Panel “Mental Health & I/DD in the Court and Forensic System” presented by Jen McGowan-Tomke, NAMI-Chicago

Mental health advocates across the country have been fighting for decades to reduce reliance on the criminal court system for people living with mental health conditions. NAMI Chicago will highlight our advocacy in this area, what more needs to be done, and how    intellectual and developmental disabilities must be considered intersectionally. This discussion will include a focus on current work to transform Illinois’s forensic system, including how people with mental health conditions and intellectual and developmental disabilities should be treated in fitness evaluations, jails and state-operated facilities.

CESSA presented by Access Living

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. – Closing Remarks – Hear recommendations and resources from Joan Beasley, PhD, Center for START Services

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