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Having met its original mission, the Board and membership of NADD Ontario recently voted unanimously to dissolve the Organization, effective December 31, 2016. The work NADD Ontario has embarked on over the past 22 years has been significant in both size and accomplishments. Some of its many achievements include workshop and conference sponsorships, publications (Dual Diagnosis Handbook), engagement as a founding partner of the National Coalition on Dual Diagnosis, research (H-CARDD), advisory and advocacy roles at local, provincial and federal levels and the promotion of NADD Accreditation and Certification Programs in Ontario.

Through collective efforts, an agreement between NADD Ontario and the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) has been created to ensure a continuing focus and attention on the promotion and implementation of best practices for the mental wellness of persons with a developmental disability.

OADD is a professional organization of people working and studying in the field of developmental disabilities, throughout Ontario. OADD’s members include agencies and organizations; university and community college students and instructors; service provider direct care staff and managers; family support workers; case managers; psychologists; social workers; and other dedicated individuals. The OADD hosts an Annual Conference and various educational events, publishes a textbook (Developmental Disabilities in Ontario, 3rd Edition) and the Journal on Developmental Disabilities, supports the Research Special Interest Group and Developmental Services Special Interest Group and provides three scholarships annually to students studying full time in the field of developmental disabilities.

Before dissolving, NADD Ontario has seeded a scholarship fund to be managed by OADD. OADD will disperse funds annually in addition to their own scholarships based on the following criteria:
Continuing education for those who want to enhance their competencies in evidenced based services by participating in the NADD Competency Based Certification Program for Clinicians, Specialists or Direct Support Professional.
Students registered in a college or university program are writing a thesis or completing research study that is focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities with co-occurring mental health needs
Participation by individuals with developmental disabilities, family members and/or informal supports in the development and delivery of training and educational material. Such material will be consistent with the competency based standards of the NADD Certification and Accreditation program.

Additionally, OADD will host designated NADD ON archived content on their website and distribute the remaining copies of the book Stories of the Front Line, at their discretion.

On behalf of both organizations, we feel very strongly that the legacy of NADD Ontario in championing research, education and promotion of best practices in the care and support of individuals with Dual Diagnosis will be honoured by the OADD through our mutual agreement.

Nancy Pilon, Trevor Lumb
Co-Chairs, NADD Ontario

Joe Persaud
Chair, OADD

All NADD Publications and Newsletters can be accessed on OADD website