Treatment for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities
Since 2005, McDowell Center’s Dual Diagnosis Program has offered hope to families whose children are struggling with both a psychiatric disorder and a diagnosed intellectual disability (IQs of 50 to 70). This combination of issues can cause unique problems for the teens at home, and make academic pursuits particularly tricky. Our program offers specialized attention to these vulnerable young men, providing them with the coping skills they need to return to school, home, and the community while also treating the specifics of their mental health issues through individual and family therapy. Residents of the program are housed in a separate unit with smaller classrooms and living areas to reduce their anxiety and better control their treatment.
Our specialty program for boys and young men is notable for its low staff-to-resident ratio, which allows us to provide targeted, individualized care. The program is lead by a specialized staff that includes community counselors, certified Special Education teachers, and masters-level therapists who’ve all been trained to work with students with intellectual disabilities or may be on the autism spectrum. We work with families, providers, and any referring sources to cover 504 Plans or Individualized Education Plans (IEP).