Abstract

Illinois Deaf Services2000 (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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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0375
Print ISSN
0002-726X
Pages
pp. 396-403
Launched on MUSE
2004-03-30
Open Access
No
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