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Expert Training in MH Aspects of IDD

Annual START National Training Institute

On the Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

The START National Training Institute (SNTI) is a multi-day training institute designed to bring innovative, evidence-based research and practices to the START network and partners. Team members from all START Programs are highly encouraged to attend the annual Training Institute along with any professionals seeking to improve their understanding intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring behavioral health challenges. Attendance is required for all START program leadership (Program Director, Clinical Director, Medical Director, Team Leaders, and Resource Center/Therapeutic Supports Director) and strongly suggested for all START coordinators. Learn more about the SNTI, May 4-6, 2020 in Austin, TX. 

START National Online Training Series

This annual, highly popular, supplemental training series is designed to provide innovative and topic-focused online training to START program members and their local community partners. Trainings from this series are released once a month to the START network (typically on the 3rd Friday of each month) from September to April. These online trainings are free for participants and are facilitated by your START program members in centralized locations in your region where participants can learn as a group.  UNH CEUs are provided to individuals that participate in a facilitated discussion after viewing the training. View the 2019-2020 schedule.

Coordinator Certification Training Groups

Coordinator training groups are facilitated by the Center and are held on a regular basis.  All START programs are invited to utilize these forums to help their coordinators prepare for certification. Participants meet on a weekly basis over the course of 16 weeks to review pre-recorded trainings from the START coordinator curriculum. These training groups are intended to supplement and enhance the learning process for those enrolled and do not replace supervision that is offered by team leaders, directors and clinical directors.

Professional Practice Groups

START Practice Improvement Groups are communities within the START Network organized around START team roles, professional disciplines and specific topics of interest. Each group is facilitated by CSS clinical staff and occasionally features invited speakers and special guests. 

Group Name



Clinical Directors Practice Group


Jill Hinton, Ph.D.

Medical Directors Practice Group


Laurie Charlot, Ph.D.
Beth Grosso

Program Directors Practice Group


Andrea Caoili, LCSW
Joan Beasley, Ph.D.

Resource Center Director Practice Group


Bob Scholz, MS

Team Leaders Practice Group


Alyce Benson, LCSW
Dave O’Neal, MSW

Children’s Practice Group


Karen Weigle, Ph.D.

6-month Topic-Specific Practice Group

(Topics chosen based on interest from the national network. Examples of past groups: Positive Behavior Supports, Systems Linkages, Trauma Informed Care)




Beth Grosso