Mental Status Assessment in Developmental Services

Developed in partnership with Participation House Durham.

Who is this for?

Clinicians working with people who have developmental service needs. Includes but is not limited to: Registered Nurses, Allied Health workers, Psychotherapists


This course enables clinicians to identify changes in the mental status of a person with a developmental disability, monitor and document changes, and advocate for the client’s accommodations when participating in the mental status assessment (MSA).

Given a patient/client with a developmental disability, a learner will be able to identify changes in baseline mental status of the person, advocate for their needs during the MSA, and clearly document behavioral and cognitive presentations according to MSA guidelines.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Understand the function, components, and terminology of an MSA.
  • Identify signs of changes in mental status of a person from their baseline.
  • Provide accommodations and include client preferences when conducting an MSA.

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