Dual Diagnosis (MI/IDD)

Behavioral Health at Vidant Medical Center provides a special 10-bed unit for patients with the dual diagnosis of mental retardation/mental illness (MI/IDD). We are the only hospital in eastern North Carolina with a special unit devoted to the MI/IDD population.

Our experienced caregivers prepare clients to function in their communities. We work closely with community support teams to ensure continuity of care between the unit and the patients’ community setting. In many cases, our specialized treatment programs allow the patient to re-enter the community after a short stay in the hospital.


  • A psychiatrist who specializes in patients with MI/IDD
  • Experienced and dedicated staff
  • Programs that are available 7 days a week
  • Medication adjustment, management, and education
  • Comprehensive diagnostic assessment
  • Behavioral consultation
  • Comprehensive discharge planning in cooperation with the local support network for return to the community

 Special Programs 

MI/IDD patients have special needs. Our staff has developed a system of specialized programs to meet the needs of this population. These programs, included in the patient’s activity schedule, are offered seven days a week and include:

  • Self-help skills training
  • Reality orientation
  • Medication education
  • Exercise therapy
  • Anger management
  • Recreation therapy
  • Wrap-up group

 We have someone availible to answer your needs quickly. Call our triage office at 252-847-8791 or page 252-413-4117, and a psychiatric triage counselor will respond in 15 minutes or less.