2024 START National Training Institute


Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

Graphic for 2024 START National Training Institute in Philadelphia on May 6-8, 2023

Advancing the Field of IDD-MH Through Networking, Collaboration, and Education


The annual START National Training Institute (SNTI) serves as the premier hub for the exchange of innovative best practices in IDD-MH (intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs) grounded in the philosophy and principles of the START model (including assessment, treatment, and crisis prevention and intervention services). The SNTI brings together a diverse community including but not limited to professionals & providers, researchers, policy makers, people with lived experience of IDD-MH, and family members.

Objectives of SNTI:

1. Enhance knowledge of IDD-MH services, best practices, and research

2.  Build and foster relationships, collaboration, and community within and beyond the START network

3.  Showcase innovative, evidence-informed practices that align with START values



Sponsors of the SNTI can promote their business or organization to thousands of professionals in the nationwide START network and connect with leaders in the field as we work together to improve the lives of persons with IDD-MH.

  • Our website receives more than 20,000 visitors during the promotional period
  • The SNTI is marketed to more than 3,500 email subscribers
  • There are around 750 START team members working in START programs across the country 
  • Each year around 250-300 annual attendees include START team members, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health counselors, care coordinators, medical doctors, researchers, persons with lived experience of IDD-MH, family members, caregivers, and more!
  • During the 2023 institute, around 88% of participants used our new mobile app. Since we will be using the same app again and reducing printed materials, we are expecting an even higher app usage rate for 2024!

All sponsors will receive their logo on this institute webpage and promotional emails leading up to the institute. Onsite, all sponsors will be shown on the welcome banner and in the sponsor listing in the mobile app. All sponsorship levels include an exhibition table upon request. 

Special events include the START Awards Luncheon & Ceremony and the Research Poster & Networking Session every year. Other events are planned based on the location, agenda, and content. Ask us what events are available this coming year!

All sponsorship levels can be customized. Act quickly to make the most of your sponsorship. Sponsors who commit by December 2023 can gain maximum exposure when registration opens in January 2024.

Start your sponsorship today! Email start.iod@unh.edu.

2024 SNTI Sponsorship Levels
  Premier Champion Special Event Gold Silver Bronze
Amount  $20,000 $10,000 $3,000-$7,500 $2,500 $1,500 $1,000
Availability Exclusive Exclusive One per event Multiple Multiple Multiple
Included registrations 6 4 3 2 1 0
Onsite signage Throughout Throughout Exclusive to event banner banner banner
Ad space in app Full width Full width Half width list list list



Registration information coming soon! 

Hotel & Travel

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia PA 19107-3788

More information coming soon!

Continuing Education

2024 Theme: Building Resilience Through Systemic Collaboration 

2024 Content Strands and 2024 Objectives coming soon!

Continuing education credit information coming soon!


Schedule information coming soon! 

Schedule for Sunday, May 5 

Schedule for Monday, May 6 

Schedule for Tuesday, May 7 

Schedule for Wednesday, May 8 


Each year NCSS recognizes excellence across the START Network during an Awards Ceremony at the SNTI. Award categories include:

William I. Gardner Award

The William I. Gardner Award is the highest honor given by the National Center for START ServicesTM. The award recognizes leaders whose contributions to the field have significantly improved the lives of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health.

START Awards

  • START Team Leadership Award 
  • START Team Member Award 
  • START Therapeutic Coaching Award 
  • Janel Burroughs Resource Center Award
  • START Network Partner Award - Adult Services
  • START Network Partner Award - Children's Services
  • Care Coordination/Case Management/Service Coordination Award
  • Special Recognition Awards

Research Posters

Research Poster information coming soon!