In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month The Ohio State University RRTC would like to highlight the “Building Bridges” Project, directed by Dr. Andrea Witwer.

This 5-year interdisciplinary initiative seeks to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) who also have mental health conditions by addressing training needs related to mental health treatment for adults with ID/DD.

By building a team of individuals with lived experience, caregivers, disability providers, and mental health professionals, Building Bridges works to create an environment that is culturally competent and person-centered.

The overarching goal of this project is to create and emphasize a community of practice that empowers disability and mental health professionals to better provide care for their clients and families through improved collaboration and coordination among state agencies and care teams in meeting the needs of individuals with ID/DD and mental health conditions.

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