Developing a System of Services for the Dually Diagnosed Adult Population in North Carolina: After Willie M.
North Carolina is embarking on a major effort to develop services for mentally retarded adults who are also diagnosed as mentally ill. Although this effort is in the early stages, a description of the planning process and the issues and concerns that have been raised should be instructive to other states facing the problem of delivering services to dually diagnosed adult clients. Much of the planning is based on our experience with the Willie M. program for children (as discussed by Behar in Chapter 39) and represents an attempt to maximize the strengths as well as to avoid some of the problems experienced in that program, particularly in the planning phases of the program.
KeywordsMental Health Service Mental Retardation Planning Process Psychiatric Hospital Disability Group
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