The purpose of this paper is to explore the importance of equal access to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for people with intellectual disabilities.
The paper identifies barriers to access and shows how a reference group can work to solve the barriers and increase access.
The paper evaluates the authors’ progress to date and how the authors plan to continue to take the work forward.
The paper highlights some of the factors responsible for the authors’ success and gives information that will be helpful to other areas who are interested in facilitating equal access.
The paper demonstrates how the focus of a reference group can drive improvements across services to improve access for people with intellectual disabilities to IAPT services.
Dodd, K., Burke, C., Gibson, A., Hines, E., Howarth, P., Jennison, J., Mackintosh, R., Radcliffe, A., Vieira, F. and Unsworth, G. (2017), "Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for people with intellectual disabilities – role of a reference group in achieving change", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 11 No. 5/6, pp. 173-186. https://doi.org/10.1108/AMHID-05-2017-0016Download as .RIS
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