Mental health services for adults with learning disabilities

Nick Bouras, Geraldine Holt
2004 British Journal of Psychiatry  
Services for people with learning disabilities have been transformed since the late 1960s by the move from institutional to community care. (Learning disabilities is the term currently used in the UK in preference to mental retardation, developmental disabilities and mental handicap.) Important changes include the progress towards integration, participation, inclusion and choice for people with learning disabilities, which have occurred in the context of the broader civil and human rights
more » ... human rights movements. It is time to examine the services delivered to people with learning disabilities and comorbid psychiatric disorders (mental illness, personality disorders, behavioural problems with aggression) and the evidence for their effectiveness.
doi:10.1192/bjp.184.4.291 pmid:15056571 fatcat:nanzgi7g5fak7gpxnrqinzuwdu