Intellectual Disability-Mental Illness Program

The Intellectual Disability–Mental Illness (ID-MI) Program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to adults with intellectual disability, mental illness, and challenging behavior. Our treatment team consists of physicians, physician assistants, clinical psychologists, therapists, nurses, and speech-language pathologists. Learn more about our team.

The primary goal of our program is to determine the underlying etiology, or cause, of the individual's challenging behavior. The etiology of challenging behavior is determined through comprehensive evaluations as outlined below. Once the etiology is determined, the ID-MI team works to develop and implement a comprehensive treatment plan.

  • Psychiatric: All patients receive a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. 
  • Psychological: The majority of a patients receive a psychological evaluation by a Board-Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA).
  • Medical: Consults from specialty services when indicated.
  • Speech Pathology: If indicated, patients are referred to a Speech Pathologist to assist in developing or maximizing communication strategies.

Outpatient Clinic

Patients access the ID-MI Program through our outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic at UI Health Care Medical Center (UIBH). The duration of outpatient care varies based on patient need, availability of alternative resources, and how quickly challenging behaviors can be addressed. 

Inpatient Unit

We provide inpatient care when indicated. Our inpatient unit is a short stay unit with length of stay varying from a few days to a few weeks. Our unit does not provide long term placement or assist in finding alternative placement. 

How to contact us

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call Psychiatry Scheduling at 319-356-8822.

If you meet criteria for the ID-MI Program you will be asked to send the following documents prior to scheduling an appointment:

  • Guardianship papers (if applicable) 
  • Current medication list
  • Medical history
  • Psychiatry history
  • Current or past behavioral plans
  • Social history