Why is this curriculum for people with an IQ between 50 and 70?
After much exploration and research, Monarch determined that individuals with IQs between 50 and 70 are ideally targeted for the “Understanding Addiction and Developmental Disabilities.” In many cases, individuals with an IQ of lower than 50 have had psychological evaluations to identify intellectual or developmental disabilities and are receiving needed services. By contrast, individuals with an IQ of 70 or above are likely capable of navigating the health care system with social support.
Individuals with an IQ of 50 to 70 are in danger of being overlooked, and without proper diagnoses may not receive the services they need.
How large of a problem are substance use disorders?
Substance use is, and has been, a growing problem in North Carolina:
The number of unintentional medication and drug overdose deaths increased by more than 700% from 2000 through 2017” (NCDHHS Medication & Drug Overdose Deaths, updated 04/16/2021)
The number of and proportion of Emergency Department visits for medication and drug overdoses increased in 2020 compared with 2019. The proportion of visits increased 43% and the count of visits increased 22% during that time” (COVID SUMH Factsheet, updated 04/04/2021)
The overall death rate for males was over twice the rate for females” (NC-SUDORS Factsheet, updated 05/11/2021)
Fatal overdose rates were highest among adults aged 25-44” (NC-SUDORS Factsheet, updated 05/11/2021). “20% of male decedents were known to have at least one current mental health diagnosis at the time of fatal overdose” (NC-SUDORS Factsheet, updated 05/11/2021)
Established in 1958, Monarch is a trauma-informed company that provides innovative support to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders in North Carolina. Monarch is accredited by The Joint Commission.
This project was made possible by Grant Number 93.959 (CFDA) from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, through funding support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the SAMHSA or NC DHHS.