Adult Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Behavioral Health Clinic

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What is the Adult Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Behavioral Health Clinic?

The Adult IDD Behavioral Health Clinic at the Munroe-Meyer Institute serves transition-aged adolescents (16-22) as well as adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Clinicians work with individuals, families and caregivers to provide comprehensive evaluation and behavioral therapy. We are devoted to the assessment and effective treatment of behavioral and emotional disorders, and we use learning principles to help adolescents and adults develop adaptive abilities as well as healthy coping skills while decreasing problem behaviors. We provide problem-focused treatment, where we work together with individuals and (when relevant) caregivers to establish meaningful short-term goals and formulate a treatment plan. We are collaborative and consult with physicians, psychiatrists, therapists and community service providers to best implement treatment plans.

Who benefits from the Adult Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Behavioral Health Clinic?  
  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Vocational services
  • Day habilitation services
  • Group homes
  • Extended Family Homes (EFH)
  • Schools

At the Adult IDD Behavioral Health Clinic, we offer:

Assessments Behavioral Consultation
  • Outpatient behavioral consultation (oppositional, defiant, aggressive, or destructive behaviors)
  • Adherence with medical treatment
  • Elimination problems (enuresis/bed wetting, Encopresis/soiling, toilet training)
  • Behavior support plans for:
    • Residential service providers (group homes, EFHs)
    • Supported and competitive employment settings
    • Day service sites
    • Transitional (employment and educational) settings
Individual therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Adjustment
  • Social skills/boundaries
  • Transition into adulthood
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Personality and mood disorders
Family therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
Who provides the services?  

Services are provided by the faculty, staff, and students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Munroe-Meyer Institute who are specially trained in behavioral psychology and adult IDD services.

What does a typical session look like?  

Unless individual therapy is warranted, the patient and the caregivers attend the session. During the first session, the patient and caregivers are interviewed to determine the nature of the issue and a potential course of treatment. Additional sessions are usually scheduled weekly or every other week. The number of sessions depends on the nature and severity of the issue.

What support is given to parents and caregivers?  

Parents and caregivers are considered a vital part of therapy and are often heavily involved in treatment recommendations. Depending on the treatment goals, much of the time in session may be spent consulting with parents and caregivers on how to best support the client in making the emotional, social, and behavioral changes that are desired.

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Will my health insurance cover it?  

Services are covered under the mental health portion of most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare. If you are not sure about coverage, contact your insurance carrier or the benefits office at your place of employment and ask about your coverage. Individuals seen at the Adult IDD Behavioral Health Clinic are registered as patients in the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute system, which is responsible for all billing and record management. Financial assistance may be provided for those that do not have insurance coverage.

Where is the clinic located?  

The clinic is located at the Munroe-Meyer Institute near the University of Omaha Scott Campus. Our address is 6902 Pine Street, in Omaha, Nebraska. Get detailed directions on our Locations & Maps page.

How do I make an appointment?  

To schedule an appointment, call the Munroe-Meyer Institute Patient Information Office at 402-559-6418 and ask to for an appointment with the Adult I/DD clinic.

For additional information about this clinic, call the Munroe-Meyer Institute Department of Psychology at  at 402-559-6408 or 1-800-656-3937 ext. 402-559-6408.