More than a decade ago, Peak Vista Community Health Centers saw a need in our community: adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) lacked a place to find care that was made specifically to treat their needs. While there are many programs and resources available in the pediatric developmental disabilities community, most vanish once the patient ages out of pediatrics.

In 2011, Peak Vista opened the Developmental Disabilities Health Center (DDHC) to address this need, alongside a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including physicians, psychologists, therapists, and social workers.

Who the DDHC Serves

The DDHC strives to provide exceptional health care for adults with IDDs. Common intellectual and developmental disabilities include Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Fetal-Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Fragile X, and other cognitive disabilities.

Care Model

This innovative health home model features multidisciplinary, integrated primary care that is customized to the needs and experiences of people with IDD. Peak Vista’s DDHC patients receive comprehensive health services customized to meet their individual needs in a primary care environment. This includes:

  • Treatment for minor illnesses and injuries
  • Health promotion and wellness programs
  • Chronic disease care/management
  • Physical and psychological exams
  • Routine follow-up care
  • Behavioral health and psychiatric support
  • Referrals to community specialists
  • Alternative to hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers

The Need

A developmental disabilities clinic is an indispensable resource that enriches our community by promoting the health, well-being, and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities. Through comprehensive services, family support, advocacy, and research, these clinics contribute to a more inclusive and compassionate society where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Bria Sherwood

Bria Sherwood

Practice Manager, DDHC