Making public mental-health services accessible to deaf consumers: Illinois Deaf Services 2000

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Date: Winter 2004
From: American Annals of the Deaf(Vol. 148, Issue 5)
Publisher: American Annals of the Deaf
Document Type: Author abstract
Length: 114 words

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ILLINOIS DEAF SERVICES 2000 (IDS2000), a public/private partnership, promotes the creation and implementation of strategies to develop and increase access to mental health services for deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind consumers. IDS2000 has resulted in the establishment of service accessibility standards, a technical support and adherence monitoring system, and the beginnings of a statewide telepsychiatry service. These system modifications have resulted in increase by 60% from baseline survey data in the number of deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind consumers identified in community mental-health agencies in Illinois. Depending on the situation of deaf services staff and infrastructure, much of IDS2000 could be replicated in other states in a mostly budget-neutral manner.

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