IDD-MH Peer mentoring
Development and feasibility evaluation of a socially valid peer mentoring intervention for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health conditions
What is this project about?
We are developing a peer mentoring program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disability and co-occurring mental health conditions (IDD-MH).
Why is this project important?
- Young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health
conditions (IDD-MH) are at heightened risk for health and quality of life disparities, such as decreased community participation.
- Young adults with IDD-MH need services, but there are many barriers. Some barriers include: lack of professional knowledge about providing care young adults with IDD-MH, long waitlists, and lack of services accessible via public transportation. Peer-delivered interventions, such as peer mentoring, may be one solution to these barriers.
- Peer mentoring is a type of service where individuals with IDD-MH are trained to provide support and/or deliver interventions to other young adults with IDD-MH. Peer mentoring is considered a best practice in mental health intervention and consistently promotes positive outcomes for individuals with IDD.
- There is no peer mentoring program for young adults with IDD-MH.
How are you developing the peer mentoring program?
- We are working with a group of young adults with IDD-MH to develop the program. They will make sure that the program is accessible and interesting.
- We are also conducting focus groups with mental health clinicians, transition specialists, and peer support specialists who work with people with IDD-MH.
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What else are you doing in this study?
This is our study plan:
How can I get more information?
Contact Ariel Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org
This study is funded by the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund and the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine