AIDS and state developmental disability agencies: a national survey

Am J Public Health. 1990 Jan;80(1):54-6. doi: 10.2105/ajph.80.1.54.


A survey of state developmental disability agencies was undertaken in October 1987 regarding AIDS policy development, education, and training and service provision. Of 44 states responding to the 27-item questionnaire, only 21 had formal AIDS policies. Policies varied considerably from state to state. Twenty-five of the responding states include information on AIDS in their staff training curriculum, with such training more likely to be provided to institutional staff than to community-based staff. Only 10 states reported AIDS prevention to be part of their client training programs, with training more likely to be found in institutional settings. Eleven states reported HIV positive cases, with such cases found more often in institutions than in community settings. Several states reported some type of segregation of HIV positive individuals. Policies, educational programming, and services to meet the special needs of persons with developmental disabilities are called for.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome*
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Health Education
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States