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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

Mental Health Therapy Toolkit and Guidelines

September 2023 | Nisonger Center - The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center opens in new window developed several resources for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) and professionals who treat adults with ID and mental health conditions. 

Mental Health Therapy Toolkit: A Personal Guide for Adults with Intellectual Disability opens in new window

Document that can be filled out to help a person's therapist know how best to support them. 

ID Mental Health Therapy Guidelines: Treating Adults with Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Conditions opens in new window

Clear language summary of best practices for mental health professionals and adults with ID (14 pages). 

2023 Psychotherapy Practice Guidelines: Working with Adults with Intellectual Disability and Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions opens in new window

Complete guidelines for mental health professionals working with adults with ID (58 pages).


Additional resources are available in the Mental Health section of our Resource Library. 

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We offer a variety of resources for people with Down syndrome, their families and caregivers and the professionals who care for and work with them. Search our collection of articles, webinars, videos, and other educational materials.

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Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.