For the Mental Health/Suicide Prevention Subcommittee, the gap analysis showed that Mental Health and Suicide Prevention among People with Disabilities the following inequities are clear:
- The systematic exclusion of people with disabilities in psychiatric research programs and clinical trials.
- No nuanced mental health outcome measures for people with disabilities.
- Lack of training within the mental health workforce about I/DD
- Care coordination and health care access are inadequate to meet the complex lifelong health care needs of persons with pediatric-onset disabilities
- Lack of doctors competent to treat dually diagnosed individuals on either I/DD or MH needs
- Limited research on intervention for suicidal behaviors in the I/DD Population
- Lack of understanding of why people with I/DD are 2.5-4.7 times more likely to have a mental health disability than people in the general population and why it is less likely to be identified