On its front page, the Wall Street Journal (1/15, A1, Ansberry, Subscription Publication) reports that 1.5 million people in the US simultaneously are dealing with a dual diagnosis of developmental disability and mental illness. What happens is that individuals with both conditions are rarely given proper, coordinated treatment and services. In the majority of states, counties oversee mental health treatment, whereas services developmental disability are coordinated by state governments. Ohio, however, is an exception, offering comprehensive, coordinated services to individuals with dual diagnoses.
— “Splintered System Often Fails Mentally Ill With Low IQs, “Clare Ansberry, The Wall Street Journal, January 14, 2014.