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A New Normal: Understanding the Challenges of Children with IDD

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Gabe Abbondandolo

Practice Improvement Coordinator

According to the CDC, 13% of children under the age of 18 in the U.S. have a developmental disorder. Of this population, 30-50% have a co-occurring behavioral health diagnosis like depression or anxiety. In fact, when looking at the data for Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, Cerebral palsy, autism and some forms of epilepsy, the rate […]

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Staying Connected: LGBTQ+ Resources During COVID-19

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Paul Curtis and Michael Carrone

Executive Director of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies and a National Council board member, and the Director of Healthcare Transformation, respectively

When looking back at the past month, it is clear that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has drastically changed our lives. The way we work now incorporates new safety measures and personal protective equipment, social distancing and, in some cases, remote connection. Everyone is at home now; some are working, while others are facing loss of […]

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Moving the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Community Forward

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Nicole Cadovius

Director of Practice Improvement

Earlier this month, we joined in the national recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, where we celebrated the social changes of deinstitutionalization in the 70s and 80s and took a closer look at the impact today. In the past 30 years, legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, and the Individuals with […]

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Addressing the Service Needs of Older Adults

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Nicole Cadovius

Director of Practice Improvement

In a little more than a month, we will be celebrating Older Americans Month in May. This is an opportunity to reflect on the implications of this population’s projected growth and its effect on society. Developing an understanding of these trends is one way to help shift services to address the growing service needs of […]

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Interest Group: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

February 13, 2020 | Interest Groups | Comments
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Susie Blue and Nicole Cadovius

Interest Group Co-Leads

Alongside our Board of Directors, we recently launched Interest Groups to give our members the tools, knowledge and networks they need to accelerate their learning of – and impact on – various populations of interest. In this blog post, we highlight our new Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities group. Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) […]

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LGBTQ+ Interest Group: Taking Steps toward Inclusivity

February 12, 2020 | Interest Groups | Comments
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Paul Curtis and Michael Carrone

Interest Group Co-Leads

Last month, more than 100 people attended the first virtual meeting of the LGBTQ+ Interest Group, where in a webinar, they learned more about the issues facing this population, insights into ongoing needs, and next steps regarding the Group and its growing community. We were overwhelmed by the excitement and energy of the participants, as […]

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Interest Group: Helping Older Adults Heal and Thrive

February 11, 2020 | Interest Groups | Comments
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Nicole Cadovius

Director of Practice Improvement

Alongside our Board of Directors, we recently launched an Interest Group initiative to give our members the tools, knowledge and networks they need to accelerate their learning of – and impact on – various populations of interest. In this blog post, we highlight our new Older Adults group. Did you know that 25 percent of […]

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