Special Support for People with Complex Needs - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Special Support for People with Complex Needs

Some people who receive supports from PDD have complex needs. This means that they struggle with a combination of a developmental disability as well as other challenges like mental illness, behavioural issues, addictions, and/or involvement with the criminal justice system. These individuals may pose a risk to themselves, others or property.

To help individuals with complex needs, we need to be innovative and flexible, and coordinate between many different programs and services. PDD has a partnership with Alberta Health Services to support adults with complex needs through a system of coordinated services.

Community Support Teams combine Alberta Health Services and PDD staff who specialize in helping individuals with a dual diagnosis (intellectual/developmental disability and mental health concern/illness) and complex service needs. Each team is uniquely constructed according to each regional need and may include clinicians such as mental health therapist, psychologist, nurse, occupational therapist, behaviour therapist, social worker, therapy assistant or others as determined by regional requirements. All referrals are received and forwarded to the correct team through the local/regional PDD office.

2017 Learning Series

The Complex Needs Initiative Learning Series topics focus on important skills for front line service provider staff to deliver excellent services for individuals with complex service needs. Most sessions are delivered in either Edmonton or Calgary and via videoconference. Visit the Complex Needs Initiative for session dates and registration.

Modified: 2017-03-09
PID: 17415