Young adults with disabilities can also get addicted to drugs just like any teen. Sometimes this occurs so they can cope with the disability especially if that disability is one of mental health. It is for this reason that many professionals are using a dual diagnosis approach. Here are some video conferences that are coming up to provide more information.
You are invited to take part in the Statewide Positive Practices Committee video conference meetings which are viewable at three PATTAN locations across the Commonwealth.
Save the Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Printable Flyer Here
Registration information will follow shortly.
Morning Session - 10 a.m. to Noon
Dual Diagnosis and a Journey of Recovery
Working on recovery is hard but with support, people are making progress and living better lives. This session will focus on two individuals and two certified peer specialists in Clearfield/Jefferson Counties, who have worked successfully with the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team (DDTT). Individuals will share a bit of their history, how the DDTT helped, and how they worked on their recovery with the certified peer specialists (CPS). The peer specialists will talk about their experience, describe the job of CPS, and share their experiences in working with people who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.
Afternoon Session - 1 to 3 p.m.
Pathways to Employment and Independence
Helping people effectively transition to competitive employment and independent living situations can be challenging, and often people with the ability and desire to reach these goals end up in situations where they cannot maximize their potential. UCP (United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA) has developed the Pathways and Pathways Academy programs to help people achieve their dreams of employment and independence via curriculum-based, time limited programs that teach people the skills needed to work and live with minimal support. Panel members will discuss the development of these new and innovative programs, how they work, and how UCP helps people achieve their goals of employment and independence.
Positive Practices Committee (PPC) is a joint initiative between the Department of Public Welfare's Office of Developmental Programs and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. PPC consists of a large statewide group and multiple regional groups, tasked with building capacity and collaborating across offices to enhance community services and clinical support for people experiencing co-occurring intellectual disability and mental illness.