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Developmental Disabilities

The Division of Developmental Disabilities provides education and training to medical students in their clerkship rotations and designated fourth year electives, Psychiatry and Medicine-Psychiatry residents, Family and Community Medicine residents, and Physician Assistant students in the psychiatric evaluation and treatment of adults with comorbid psychiatric or behavioral disorders and intellectual disabilities. This training is delivered in a clinical setting in which the distinct issues for systems of care, complexities of interviewing, examination, and rapport development, and medical issues are discussed and learned contextually.  Faculty also provide a seminar in Developmental Disabilities to psychiatric residents. A four week Basic Science Elective in Neuropsychopharmacology for third or fourth year medical students is at least in part provided through clinical experiences through this division. We provide technical assistance to various group home providers as well as consultation to an innovative short term stabilization program meant to serve the needs of clients in community residential settings needing longer term treatment for behavioral or psychiatric conditions but avoiding the need for psychiatric hospitalization.