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Planning Guidelines for Mental Health and Addiction Services for Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disability

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This document highlights the approach and principal recommendations for planning mental health and addiction services for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health disorders in British Columbia. The Information and guidelines provided are based on:

  1. a thorough review of published research evidence, including comprehensive reviews
  2. examination of existing national and international services
  3. direct consultation with experts concerning service delivery models and planning guidelines

Readers should also note that the planning guidelines are not a standard of care and do not stipulate a single correct approach for delivering services or managing all clinical situations. Decisions regarding specific service development and clinical approach to the care for individuals with developmental disability remain the responsibility of service managers and attending professionals.

Caron Byrne,
Anne D. Hurley,
Randy James

2007