AIDD has shared the following:


A SAMHSA sponsored webinar presented by National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health will take place Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:00pm Eastern Time called “Creating Systems for Individuals Who Experience Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities”


Webinar Link:

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Actual Webinar Title: “Creating Systems Change in the Provision of Services and Supports to Individuals Who Experience Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities”


State systems continue to search for solutions in the provision of services and supports for individuals who experience co-occurring mental illness and intellectual disabilities. Diagnostic, fiscal, and programmatic challenges create the need for comprehensive planning to ensure that the most appropriate services are created in the most cost-effective manner.

This webinar will explore one state’s response to this population through expert diagnostics, holistic planning, and creative funding. With a class action lawsuit as the catalyst, North Carolina created community-based services and supports for over 1000 individuals utilizing Person Centered Planning as the guiding principle. North Carolina further created funding mechanisms that allowed Medicaid to be expanded to support a group of individuals not previously to have been considered for waiver funds.

The webinar will also offer insights into how the state developed and trained providers in the provision of appropriate services and supports in community-based settings to a group of individuals who had been institutionalized, many for over 30 years.

Join us as Dr. Lynda Gargan and Tara Larson, two of the principles in the implementation of these efforts, share the successes and lessons learned from this endeavor.

When in the seminar room, the Adobe Connect Log-in screen appears, select "Enter as a Guest," enter the name and state of the participant in the "Name" field (Ex. Jane Doe-AK) and click on "Enter Room."  For attendees, this is a “listen only” webinar.  Should they need to dial in, the instructions are on the note pad in the seminar room. 

If you dial in, please ensure that your computer speakers are turned off so that there is no audio feedback.

Note: If you are only able to join the audio portion, then you will not be able to see the webinar presentation.  

It is highly recommend that you test your connection to Adobe Connect in advance of the webinar to ensure access. You may need to work with your  IT Department to resolve any firewall issues. To test your connection, please go to: You may be prompted to install ActiveX control, Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Connect add-ins. If you encounter any difficulty testing your connection or logging into the webinar, please contact Technical Support by calling 1-800-459-5680.


If you are having an issue logging into the web, you can also join by phone first, press *0 and get a private operator help to get you onto the web.  If you have an issue any time during the call, you can press *0 for immediate help. 



Sheryl Matney, Director


202-506-5813 ext. 148


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