JCDS has partnered with Johnson County Mental Health on an innovative approach to serving people with a dual diagnosis of I/DD and mental illness. The two agencies have created a Community Behavioral Health Team. The CBHT consists of four members who are all cross-trained on mental health and I/DD systems and service methods. Three have completed training with the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support and the fourth is a therapist (LMSW, LMA). The CBHT has helped to decrease the need for more intensive forms of support such as hospitalization.
The specialists of the CBHT work with individuals who are dually diagnosed, as well as their families and support staff, to develop a plan for positive interventions when challenging behaviors occur. CBHT specialists then support all involved in successfully implementing that plan. Other supports offered through CBHT include crisis interventions, therapy and assistance with finding community resources and training of I/DD professionals.