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Educating and raising awareness of IDD, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorder

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s Community and Member Engagement teams offer training to the community, as well as members and families to help educate and raise awareness of mental health (MH), intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and substance use disorder (SUD). You can schedule the following trainings by emailing

Guardianship and Alternative for IDD and MH This is a one-hour, free training that teaches participants how to pursue help for individuals who do not meet the criteria of incompetency but need assistance to live safely in their communities. Guardianship should be obtained when it will afford the individual fuller capacity for exercising individual rights. Topics to be explored are:

·         Guardianship

·         When it may be appropriate

·         Alternatives

Innovations Waiver Overview This one-and-a-half hour, free training provides an overview of the Innovations Waiver. Participants will receive an overview of intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), including information about how to access community resources, and types of services and funding streams that might be available in the community. Discussion covers the myths and realities of individuals with IDD to better equip families and stakeholders who are assisting these individuals.

Person Centered Thinking This is a two-day, free training that provides participants with skills and tools to support individuals with mental health, intellectual and developmental disability or substance use disorder needs. Person Centered Thinking is designed to educate attendees about how the individual served views health, safety and risk issues in his or her life. The information is used to develop a plan to help those who work with the individual to understand his or her wants, desires and needs.

Stigma This one-and-a-half hour, free training explores issues of stigma and ways to overcome it. People with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities or substance use disorder often exhibit behaviors that others may not understand. Instead of receiving compassion and acceptance, people with disabilities may experience hostility, discrimination and stigma. The people experiencing the issues often label and stigmatize themselves by putting up barriers, which prevents proper attention and treatment.

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