A Model Day-Treatment Service for the Mentally Retarded-Mentally Ill Population

  • Robert J. Fletcher


Persons of normal intelligence who experience psychiatric problems can avail themselves of clinical services from a variety of resources within the mental-health delivery system. Mentally retarded persons, on the other hand, who experience similar psychiatric problems do not have easy access to mental health services either within the mental-health delivery system or within the mental retardation system. These persons, although in need of multiple services because of their double handicap, are frequently without the necessary support systems. Historically, neither the mental health nor the mental retardation systems have adequately addressed the mental health needs of this population. Because these individuals are not appropriately categorized and directed into one or the other delivery-care system, their unique mental-health problems have largely been neglected. Persons in this population who are typically unidentified as doubly handicapped either “fall through the cracks” or are programmed into a system in which their needs are only partially addressed.


Mental Retardation Music Therapy Sensory Integration Community Meeting Dance Therapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Fletcher
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.National Association for the Dually DiagnosedKingstonUSA
  2. 2.Dual Diagnosed Day Treatment ProgramUlster County Mental Health ServicesKingstonUSA

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