Dual Diagnosis:
Axis I: Psychiatric Diagnosis
Axis II: Developmental Disability

Individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability may also have a psychiatric diagnosis. These individuals with a dual diagnosis may experience on-going crisis situations that result in repeated admission to psychiatric emergency care or situations that place that person and/or their circle of support at risk of harm. CBEM’s Critical Intervention Service provides specially trained Masters-level Critical Intervention Specialists (CIS) who develop stabilization plans that are collaborative, systemic, and individualized to support a person who is dually diagnosed.

Intervention plans include on-going collaboration with the individual’s psychiatrist, primary care physician, and therapist, as well as any members within that individual’s circle of support. CBEM’s CIS team attends psychiatric appointments and monitors medication compliance. We also identify mental health needs that are not being appropriately addressed and will assist with coordination for increased mental health services.

Through the use of collaboration, consultation, and on-going communications with the client and their various support systems, CBEM is able to provide support to clients currently being served by California Regional Centers that are in or at risk of crisis.

CBEM is in constant communication with the California Regional Centers that we work with and the Case Manager assigned to the client’s case. We maintain communication by providing the following:

  • Daily case updates on goals and progress towards stability
  • Weekly case reviews with recommendations from CBEM consultants
  • Stabilization plans detailing the interventions being implemented
  • On-going meetings with each Regional Center and their county offices

CBEM’s CIS team also works closely with a team of professional consultants. CBEM consults a team of psychiatrists and psychologists on a weekly basis for feedback on presented cases. This ensures a more multidimensional, comprehensive perspective when addressing the needs of the client.