Training Modules to Improve Healthcare for Adults with IDD

In a recent blog, “When You’ve Seen One,…” I shared an unfortunate experience our family had with an adult medical care provider.

Now, I’m excited to tell you about a great resource that has just been launched.  Many thanks to the folks who put this together!  See info below:

Check out this free online training opportunity to help improve health care for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The training videos were created through a partnership with TennCare, the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The lessons aim to encourage individuals with IDD, families, caregivers, direct support professionals, and/or conservators to engage more effectively with health care providers and strengthen the health care relationship to support improved health care for the person with IDD.

The series, “Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Medications for People with IDD: Helping Individuals Get the Best Behavioral Health Care,” can be found at vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/healthtraining

The eight modules are based on information from the IDD Toolkit, an online resource to help primary care providers better serve adults with IDD. The toolkit can be found at www.iddtoolkit.org. The video modules are 5 to 13 minutes each, and they can be viewed at any time, in any order. You will have to register to take part in the training. The actors include people with IDD and parents of adults with disabilities.

A similar training series has also been created for medical professionals and offers free CME credits. The training for medical professionals is available at this link: https://cme.mc.vanderbilt.edu/content/appropriate-use-psychotropic-medications-people-idd-helping-individuals-get-best-behavioral

Medical professionals will need to enroll in the VCME system.  Information on that process is available at:https://vstar.mc.vanderbilt.edu/help/?p=1826

We hope you will take a few moments to check out this training opportunity and let us know what you think. Thank you!

Questions? Contact Janet Shouse at janet.shouse@vanderbilt.edu or call 615-875-8833.

Janet Shouse
Program Coordinator
Developmental Disabilities
Health Care E-Toolkit
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Nashville, TN
Elise McMillan, JD
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Nashville, TN
(615) 343-2540

Until Next Time

Morgans rose Know The HOPE!

Tammy and Morgan Vice


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