Infants & Children
Community Mental Health Service Programs (CMHSP) provide services to children (birth to 21 years) with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families/caregivers. To be considered seriously emotionally disturbed, a child has a mental health diagnosis with multiple functional limitations (at home, school and in the community) that occur over a period of time.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) are disorders typically of the nervous, sensory, metabolic, and may or may not be degenerative over time. These disorders are usually present at birth and that negatively affect the trajectory of the individual’s physical, intellectual, and/or emotional development. Many of these conditions affect multiple body parts or systems. Intellectual and developmental disabilities must be diagnosed before a child turns 18.
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have unique health experiences and needs, but as a nation, we do not know exactly what these experiences and needs are (IOM, 2011).”
Adults aged 65 and older, with a serious mental illness, a co-occurring disorder or dementia-like symptoms, are a complex group who are often hard to reach, undeserved and under treated.