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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

CR200. Psychiatric services for young people with intellectual disabilities

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Approved: Jul 2016

Published: Aug 2016

Status: current

Number of pages: 28

Review by: 2021

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The purpose of this document is to inform medical professionals about the development of mental health services for people under 18 years of age with significant intellectual disabilities.

CR200 is the fifth version of this document, most recently replacing CR163, of the same title, which was published in 2010. Previous versions were CR123 and CR70.

Although the administrations that make up the UK differ in the detail of their policies, their overall policy is developing quickly along the same lines. There is a common will to improve services for this group and to ensure that, wherever the person lives, there is a specialist service available when necessary.

This report is intended to help people shape their evolving services. It describes policy development, the target population, common clinical problems and the challenges faced by families. It also describes the components of a model service.

The report is aimed at anyone involved in planning or helping to develop a psychiatric service for children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities.



  • Working group
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Terminology
  • Policy
  • Aims of a service
  • The population and its needs
  • Common clinical problems
  • What should a service provide?
  • Academic work
  • Service development and planning
  • What does a good service look like?
  • References
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