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February 13, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Addressing the Recovery Support Needs of Persons with IDD

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The purpose of this presentation is to help Mental Health and Substance Use providers as well as the Recovery Community at large better understand the potential support needs of people with IDD with or without co-occurring Mental Health and/or Substance Use Challenges that they interact with either socially, academically, and/or professionally by providing examples of potential support needs and methods that can be used to help address support needs.


  1. Define Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
  2. Identify potential support needs of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including vital support needs around Sensory Processing Disorders like Tactile Dysfunction and Proprioceptive Dysfunction 
  3. Execute a more trauma-informed and person-centered approach to interacting with persons with Proprioceptive Dysfunction and/or Tactile Dysfunction 


Jordan Smelley is a Mental Health Peer Support Specialist in Texas and a person in long-term recovery from Intellectual and Developmental Differences with Co-occurring Mental Health challenges. Jordan partly defines his own recovery in relation to the opportunities available to present and educate the community on topics around supporting persons with IDD.  Jordan was awarded the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Texas Chapter’s Empowerment Award for Excellence in Promotion of Self-Advocacy at its 47th Annual Convention on November 16, 2023 in recognition of Jordan’s Self-Advocacy efforts around expanding supports available to persons with Intellectual and/or Developmental Differences.  


South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC)

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center is a collaborative network, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), that supports resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance, and workforce development for the mental health field.

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