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Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities have a disproportionally higher admission rate to Forensic Hospitals, and stay longer!

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Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) make up less than 1% of the general population in Ontario yet represent 12% of forensic inpatients. Over a 10 year period, patients with IDD spent on average 221 more days in forensic hospitals. Even though forensic patients with or without IDD are very similar in demographic and clinical characteristics, the additional time spent in a forensic institutions is disconcerting. Appropriate levels of clinical and community support are needed to ensure successful transitions into the community.

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This page is a summary of: Intellectual and developmental disabilities and Ontario’s forensic inpatient system: a population-based cohort study, Psychology Crime and Law, July 2017, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1068316x.2017.1346100.
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