In fact, individuals with intellectual disabilities do experience the full range of mental illnesses and the incidence is much higher in the DD population than in the overall population. Nearly 1 out of every 3 individuals with a developmental disability will also have a mental illness. There is a 3 to 6 time increased rate of psychiatric and behavior problems in individuals with ID compared to the general population.
If you think about what it must feel like to live in our society with a developmental disability, this high level of incidence makes sense, especially for those with mild and moderate disabilities. You are more vulnerable. You know you are different and can’t do what many others your age have achieved. You are highly dependent on parents and caregivers. In fact, children with intellectual disabilities may be 3 to 6 times more likely to suffer abuse than non-disabled children.
The 2010 census found just over 11.5 million people residing in Ohio. Approximately 1.5% will have an intellectual disability and one third of these individuals will have a co-occurring mental illness. This means that there are approximately 172,500 children and adults with intellectual disability living in Ohio today of which 95% have mild or moderate intellectual levels of functioning. Approximately 1/3rd of them or 57,000 will have a co-occurring mental illness. The magnitude of need is very high. The capacity of the mental health system is very low. Most mental health professionals receive little or no training to prepare for this specialized area of practice. (Excerpted from Tricia Burke, 2013)
House of New Hope is proud to be one of the largest providers of outpatient mental health services to the developmental disabilities community throughout Ohio. With no waiting lists and mental health professionals that enjoy working with this specialty group, House of New Hope continues to partner with county Developmental Disability Boards to get needed services to their consumers.