ICES: A Nonprofit Organization for People Living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

ICES is an independent, non-profit organization which is aimed to use population-based health information to spread awareness on a wide range of health care issue. The organization succeeded to earn reputation for all its services while its compiled information is usually used by government, hospitals, planners, and practitioners to make decisions about the care standards and to draft policies.

The Adjunct Scientist at ICES and psychiatrist in the ED at CAMH, Paul Kurdyak, explained about the working of the organization and said: “The concern with this population is that their health needs are being met in the Emergency Department so they use it more frequently. And this is most unfortunate because the Emergency Department visits can end up being stressful for everyone. This indicates the need to improve primary care and social services in the community”.

Recently, the researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in collaboration with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) conducted a study and observed that roughly 55% adults suffering with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness have reported the Emergency Department, at least once.

Simultaneously, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, is attempting high to offer its services.