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Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to let you know that a valuable, free resource is available online for families with a loved one who has both an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) and a complex severe behavioral health condition. Titled "An Enhanced Family Support Crisis Handbook: A Behavioral Health Wellness Toolkit," this is a revised and expanded edition of the Handbook that was originally written several years ago by co-authors Donna Icovino and Dr. Lucille Esralew.

Click here to download "An Enhanced Family Support Crisis Handbook - A Behavioral Health Wellness Toolkit"

This Handbook is also posted on our website.

The Handbook contains an enormous amount of information that will be helpful for families and also for staff. This is a list of the major section headings:

A. Introduction

B. What is Mental Health Wellness?

C. What is Complex Severe Behavior Health Condition (CSBHS)?

D. Range of Services that Address Complex Severe Behavioral Health Conditions

E. Crisis Assessment

F. What to do in the Event of a Crisis

G. After the Crisis is Over

H. Planning for the Future

I. Special Topics in Behavioral Health

J. Emerging Issues

K. Appendices

Please share this information with others who may also be interested.

Thank you.


Beverly Roberts

Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care

The Arc of New Jersey

985 Livingston Avenue

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Direct line and fax: 732.246.2567

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