ACL Launches Center to Improve Support for People with IDD/MH

October 17, 2022

ACL has awarded a cooperative agreement totaling an estimated $3.25 million over five years for a national technical assistance and resource center that will improve support for people with co-occurring intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and mental health needs so they can live and participate in their communities. The grant was awarded to the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) in partnership with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD).
The grant will focus on systemwide capacity building by supporting state agencies—including state behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and Medicaid agencies—with resources related to policy development, service design, and service coordination across agencies. The National Center for START Services is a sub-awardee for this award.  Efforts for this work will be led by Research Professor Joan Beasley.