Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Assessing the Need for a Specialist Service for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health Problems Living in Israel: A Qualitative Study

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Assessing the Need for a Specialist Service for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health Problems Living in Israel: A Qualitative Study

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People with intellectual disabilities have higher rates of mental illness. Despite this, it may be more difficult for them to access mainstream services and for mainstream services to tailor their management appropriately.

Aim: This study aimed to assess the need for a specialised service for people (children and adults) with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems living in Israel. Our research question was: Is there a need for a specialist mental health service for people with intellectual disabilities living in Israel and, if so, what type of service would be most appropriate?

Method: We conducted a qualitative study to identify key themes in response to our research question. We invited major stakeholders to participate in the study, including those representing health services, social services and service user groups. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews.

Results: The data was coded and three major themes were identified, these were:

1. Current services

2. Future services

3. Ways to facilitate change

There were differences of opinion regarding development of specialised services for people with intellectual disabilities, although the majority of participants highlighted the importance of either specialised or needs-based care. …

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