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Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are at high risk of co-occurring mental health conditions, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, psychotic illnesses, impulse control disorders, and others.

In this second of two articles on care for persons with IDD in the mental health system, MAMH's Danna Mauch and co-authors focus on policy and systems considerations to assist practitioners and administrators to provide high-quality mental health services for these individuals by recognizing existing infrastructures of support. The authors describe historical factors, including legislation and case law, that have led to greater inclusion of persons with IDD in mainstream settings; systemic barriers to integrating services for persons with IDD and Medicaid waivers and provisions of the Affordable Care Act designed to overcome such barriers; and considerations for treating persons with IDD in various settings, such as emergency departments and forensic settings.