Mental Health Therapy is a Legal Right for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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The constitution protects the right of adults to make their own medical decisions. (Cruzon v. Missouri
(1990) 497 U.S. 261, 262; Thor v. Superior Court (1993) 5 Cal.4th 725, 731)

People with developmental disabilities have the right to full participation in society and to equal
access to health care services. (ADA Section 12101; Wash. Rev. Codes Section 71A-10.030)

When courts give the power to make health care decisions to guardians or conservators, these
fiduciaries must be pro-active. They must become aware of the need for and arrange for appropriate
mental health treatment for adults under their care. (Los Angeles Daily Journal Commentary)

Many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience chronic trauma and may also have trauma-related medical conditions as a result of abuses they have experienced. They need trauma-informed therapy.

Many also have a dual diagnosis due to mental health conditions arising from other causes. They need appropriate and effective mental health therapy. (Commentary: “Trauma-Informed Justice: A Necessary Paradigm Shift for the Limited Conservatorship System; Commentary: “Disability and Abuse: Evidence-Based Data Should Drive the Narrative”)

There are a wide range of mental health therapy options available for people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities, including therapies to treat trauma, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
(“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Bibliography on Trauma and Therapy” [Part One:
Books] [Part Two: Articles and Other Resources])

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a right to prompt medical care and
treatment. (Cal. Welf. & Instit. Code Section 4502(b)(4)) Failure to provide such care is neglect.

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