2020 START National Training Institute

After much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 START National Training Institute (SNTI) previously scheduled to occur in Austin, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. While this was not an easy decision, the Center for START Services felt that it was prudent to take this proactive measure in the best interest of the health & wellbeing of our attendees and presenters, many of whom experience IDD, medical vulnerabilities and/or are involved in the direct support and care of people with IDD/medical vulnerabilities.

The START National Training Institute (SNTI) is an annual in-person training event that brings together hundreds of START team members, self advocates, families, and national & international leaders in the field of MH/IDD to share expertise, tools, and best practices. The training spans two and a half days and features keynote addresses, panel discussions, breakout sessions from four content-focused strands, a judged research poster session & professional networking event, the START Film premiere, and a Sunday evening coffee house.

Date: May 4-6, 2020
Location: Austin, Texas
Hotel: Sheraton Austin at the Capitol, 701 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701
Continuing Education: CE applications are pending approval for multiple disciplines. UNH CEUs will be available free of charge to all attendees.

Overall Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of at least three (3) strategies to encourage the practice of mindfulness for individuals with MH/IDD and their family members.

  • Identify at least three (3) resources found within research, policies and practices that promote mindfulness

  • Describe how mindfulness strategies can be implemented to aid and enhance the quality of services provided to individuals with IDD and mental health needs and how you will integrate this into your team’s structure


Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Allsop at (603) 228-2085 ext. 23 or email registration.snti@unh.edu.