Innovation in Mental Retardation Services<sup>1</sup>


in Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery Across the Lifespan

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780195111552
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865734 | DOI:

Series: Innovations in Practice and Service Delivery with Vulnerable Populations

 Innovation in Mental Retardation Services1

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This chapter discusses innovations in mental retardation services over the past thirty years. It begins by discussing the definition, etiology, and prevalence of mental retardation. It then presents a brief historical overview of mental retardation services. It discusses the emergence of supported community living and related innovations. Service delivery innovations for an important subpopulation of those mental retardation—persons who also have behavioral disorders— are considered. Implications for service delivery, policy, and education are presented at the end of the chapter.

Keywords: mentally retarded; social services; supported community living; behavioral disorders

Chapter.  12666 words.  Illustrated.

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