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Valerie Bradley Speaks at Hill Briefing as Part of Mental Health Awareness Month
In recent years, growing numbers of transition age youth with I/DD and mental illness have become incarcerated in county and city jails. On May 15, HSRI's Valerie Bradley spoke at a Hill briefing highlighting the needs of transition age youth as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Valerie joined a group of colleagues in Washington, D.C. to present an informational session on people I/DD and mental health diagnoses to Congressional members and staff. Presenters included a parent, a Massachusetts sheriff, a researcher and behavior support professionals.
The group was organized by Ron Manderschied, Executive Director of the National Association of County Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors. Val's presentation including information on the estimated numbers of people with I/DD and mental health issues who are incarcerated, the factors that contribute to incarceration, and the lack of data regarding incarceration rates.