Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Mental Health Care for People with Intellectual Disability in Israel: What There Is and There Ain't (Yet!)

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Mental Health Care for People with Intellectual Disability in Israel: What There Is and There Ain't (Yet!)

Article excerpt

People with ID have a high incidence of often severe and difficult-to-treat mental health / behavioral problems. In principle, they have, in Israel, the same right to receive treatment in child or general psychiatric outpatient departments as other people with mental health problems, but all too often this right cannot be realized in practice because clinic staffare usually unfamiliar with the special needs of this patient population, starting with difficulty in even recognizing the presence of a mental health disturbance beyond the ID itself. Various other agencies provide treatment, but overall, access to treatment appears to be patchy.

This presentation will review common pathologies and modes of treatment, review the relevant services currently available for this population in Israel and the available evidence for their adequacy or otherwise. …

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