Urgent Situations: The Primary Care Provider Role
The Primary Care Provider (PCP) is often the first person individuals with developmental disabilities and those who care for them will go to when a crisis is building.
Consider the crisis behaviour as a symptom and not a disorder. Behavour changes often the only way people with developmental disabilities express that something is wrong and communicate a need.
Utilize risk assessments applicable to the general population.
In addition, take into account how the patient's developmental disabilities affect both risks and protective factors.
Determine capacity to consent
As part of the client's care team, the PCP is responsible for assessing whether the individual with developmental disability is capable of consenting to treatment.