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Dual Diagnosis

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General Information for Use With Clients


What is dual diagnosis?

In Ontario, "dual diagnosis" refers to people who have both an intellectual disability and mental health needs. For more information on dual diagnosis, click here.


Duel Diagnosis Resources on the CAMH Knowledge Exchange web site

A variety of resources on this topic for professionals, clients and families. Some resources in French.



Guidelines for Managing the Client with Intellectual Disability in the Emergency Room

Guidelines for health care providers when attending to the person with developmental disabilities in crisis.

Ontario Disability Support Program

The Ontario Disability Support Program helps people with disabilities who are in financial need pay for living expenses, like food and housing.

Provided by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.



Amélioration des services de santé mentale aux personnes ayant un double diagnostic ? / Are mental health services improving for people with dual diagnosis?(CrossCurrents article)



A Handbook of Supports and Services for Persons with Dual Diagnosis - Concerned Parents of Toronto (PDF)  

(English only)

Includes an overview of dual diagnosis and how to identify someone with an intellectual disability and mental health needs.  Previous editions of this Handbook have been widely used by professionals, paraprofessionals and family members and friends.



Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario:  Dual Diagnosis page

(English only)

Link to various documents: fact sheets and research documents