2024 START National Training Institute

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In-Person

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


Graphic for 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.

Aims 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
 
Premier Sponsor 
 
Champion Sponsor
 
Logo for YAI Seeing Beyond Disability

 

 

Luncheon Sponsor
 

 

 

START Village Sponsor
 
 
Gold Sponsor
 
 

Silver Sponsor

 

Logo for FREE Family Residences and Essential Enterprises

 

Silver Sponsor

 

Logo for Community Bridges New Hampshire

 

Silver Sponsor

 

Logo for IntellectAbility

Silver Sponsor

 

Logo for Therap: Person-Centered, Data-Driven

Registration

Register for SNTI 2024

Full Price Registration: $750.00 
Single Day Rate: Monday $300.00 
Single Day Rate: Tuesday $300.00 
Single Day Rate: Wednesday $300.00 

We are proud to share that we have kept our prices the same as the 2023 SNTI! Just like last year, START team members will receive a 10% discount, bringing the full price down to $675. A discount code and further instructions will be sent via email. 

Students, family members and caregivers, and persons with lived experience of IDD-MH are also eligible for a discount off the full price. For more information, please contact ncss.training.iod@unh.edu.  

No discounts on single-day rates. 

Hotel & Travel

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia PA 19107-3788

Guest Room Rates: starting from $219 plus tax

Group Block Closes: April 15, 2024

Book Hotel Reservation


Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
1455 Franklin Mills Circle
Philadelphia, PA

2024 Content

2024 Theme

Building Resilience Through Systemic Collaboration

Resilience is defined as the successful adaptation to challenging circumstances and has become a celebrated character trait. The term ‘resilience’ has also come under scrutiny as being used without consideration of the circumstances that created the need for resilience such as trauma, oppression, and marginalization. If our focus on resilience is too narrow, it can seem as though we are relying on people with IDD-MH and their families to be resilient rather than addressing the systemic challenges they face. Resilience-promoting interventions cannot be solely focused on the individual.

The 2024 SNTI theme reflects a shared commitment to cultivating a culture of resilience. Together we will explore new ways of working together to build more adaptable systems of care to improve outcomes for people with IDD-MH and their families. We look forward to seeing you in May.

2024 Objectives

  1. Describe how systemic collaboration promotes resilience in people with IDD-MH and their families
  2. Demonstrate at least three (3) systemic interventions that build resilience
  3. Identify at least three (3) resources found within research, policies, and practices that promote building resilience through systemic collaboration

2024 Content Strands

Foundations: Exploring the application of core foundational approaches and guiding principles of the START model

START Best Practices: START service best practices

Systemic Engagement: Key approaches when engaging systems of care

Inclusive Practices: Topics driven and led by people with lived experience of IDD-MH

Skills Workshops: Practical, experiential, skill-based instruction 

IDD-MH Policy & Systems Change: Corresponds with SNTI 2024 theme; focused on building systemic resilience

Lunch & Learn Sessions: Facilitated, roundtable discussions

Sponsorships

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. 

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 Awards Luncheon START Village Gold Silver Bronze Table
Amount  $20,000 $10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $2,500 $1,500 $1,000 $250
Availability Exclusive Limited (2-3) One per event One per event Multiple Multiple Multiple Multiple
Included registrations 6 4 3 3 2 1 0 0
Onsite signage Throughout Throughout Exclusive to event Exclusive to event Banner Banner Banner Your Own
Ad space in app Full width plus special features Full width Half width Half width List List List List
Logo on webpage and promotional emails Yes with most prominent placement Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Dedicated individual email message to all subscribers Yes No No No No No No No

 

The Call for Proposals for the 2024 SNTI is now closed. Please contact Sara Stanton with any questions: sara.stanton@unh.edu

Important Dates

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - Proposals due

Monday, December 11, 2023 - Selected presenters notified

Friday, December 15, 2023 - Selected presenters confirm attendance

Call for Proposals

This section outlines guidance for SNTI proposals, SNTI session types, proposal content strands and topics, and proposal review criteria. 

Proposals will be selected to ensure the 2024 SNTI offers a comprehensive, relevant, and diverse program. Proposals that clearly describe innovative and creative work, and those that integrate the voices and perspectives of people with lived experience of IDD-MH will receive the highest priority in the selection process. We believe that collaborative knowledge-sharing builds capacity at the highest level.  

Terminology
  • START team members: actively serving on a START program 
  • START Network: affiliated with the National Center for START ServicesTM or a local START program through committees, research, training, professional development, or other involvement 
  • IDD-MH: Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Needs 
General Proposal Guidelines 
  • Please submit one proposal form per presenter/presentation team. 
  • Please select the one content strand that best fits your proposal topic. 
  • Proposals from START programs must be reviewed and approved for submission by their Clinical Director and/or Program Director which includes discussing SNTI registration at that START team member rate and travel accommodations. 
Types of Proposals
  1. START Network Poster Session: This does not include START Program research posters. START Programs will receive separate, future guidance on their poster sessions.  
  2. 60-minute content sessions: Includes a PowerPoint presentation, a structured agenda, and several opportunities for audience interaction, reflection, and discussion.  
  3. 60-minute lunch and learn discussion sessions: No PowerPoint presentation, a roundtable, facilitated discussion format that prioritizes the interests of participants. Supplemental materials or resources may be offered. 

Please see tabs below for more information on each type. If you need assistance in determining which type of proposal or content strand to submit within, please reach out to Sara Stanton at sara.stanton@unh.edu for assistance. 

Proposal Review Criteria 

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the SNTI Content Planning Committee and peer reviewers using the following criteria: 

Relevance of Topic - Is the topic of relevance, importance, value, and/or interest to the START network? 

Connection to 2024 Theme - Does the topic reflect alignment with the 2024 SNTI theme of 'Building Resilience Through Systemic Collaboration'? 

Session Objectives Achievability - Is there alignment between the stated session objectives and the proposal description? 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, & Belonging (DEIJB) - Does the proposal show how the session will reflect or address DEIJB? This includes subject matter, people of diverse identities, and demographic characteristics. 

Quality of Submission - Does the proposal demonstrate quality, as measured by accuracy, clarity, comprehensiveness, and depth of demonstrated understanding of the topic? 

Proposal Review Process

Proposals are due by Wednesday, November 15, 2023. The lead presenter will be notified via e-mail regarding the status of their proposal no later than Monday, December 11, 2023.  

Presentation teams whose proposal is accepted or accepted with recommended revisions should plan to confirm their SNTI attendance no later than Friday December 15, 2023. Details will be provided in subsequent communications. 

Proposal status notifications include: 

  • Accepted 
  • Accepted with recommended revisions 
  • Not accepted at this time, future opportunities await 

If accepted, the presenter will be connected to a NCSS content coach.  Your NCSS Content Coach will: 

  • honor your subject matter expertise; 
  • offer feedback & insight based on NCSS/SNTI training standards; 
  • serve as your primary contact for any SNTI-related questions; 
  • provide timely reminders as submission deadlines draw near 

The coach is not required to co-present with you. 

 

START programs should not submit research poster proposals here. Research poster guidance will be sent separately to START programs. 

START Network Poster Session

The START Network Poster Session is an open call for proposals to the IDD-MH community. Timelines for submission and acceptance are detailed below. 

Poster submissions should be research based and focus on practices, tools or interventions that promote positive outcomes for individuals with IDD and mental health needs. 

Posters for the SNTI will be presented in small groups in breakout rooms spread between two session times. Posters will be displayed on large boards and have access to a table underneath for accompanying materials. The session will be introduced by a moderator, poster authors will be asked to provide a very brief introduction of their poster (5 minutes maximum), and then attendees will be free to move about the room to review posters and engage in dialogue for the remainder of the session. Additionally, all posters will be displayed in different areas throughout the event highlighting the importance of research and the work of the START Network. You do not need to attend to your poster while it is displayed throughout the event. 

During the designated poster session, presenters are required to accompany the poster and discuss it with attendees as they review the content. Poster presenters will be notified of the designated time to collect their poster from the board. Electronic versions of the poster (PowerPoint or PDF format) are required to be sent to the SNTI committee in early spring (exact date TBA). The electronic versions will be posted on the public SNTI event website for full accessibility and attendee reference.  

All poster presenters will be provided with a poster board (dimensions below), push pins for hanging the poster, a small table for displaying materials, and at least one chair. Presenters requiring electricity or any supplemental items should let the SNTI committee know before the training institute. 

Poster Requirements: 
Physical Poster 


Create it: Print on heavy duty paper or fabric, not larger than 44" tall by 90" wide, or 3.75'x 7.5'. Many presenters create their poster in PowerPoint at the maximum PPT width of 52" wide x 44" tall or create their poster in a design program like InDesign or Photoshop that allows for custom sizes. 

Print it: A full-service Fed Ex print shop is on site. Utilizing this shop will save you shipping costs. More information on this will be forthcoming. If you choose to use a different print shop, almost any print shop (i.e. the university printer, a local business, Fed-Ex, or MakeSigns.com) should be able to print your poster. Some will offer shipping directly to the hotel, while others will require you to check the poster as luggage on your flight or make separate shipping arrangements. 

Hang it: A poster board and table for materials are provided by the SNTI committee. Push pins and other equipment to hang your poster are also provided by the SNTI committee. 

Ship it: See the "shipping" section of this website for important information about shipping your poster to the hotel if you're unable to bring it during your travels.  

E-Poster 


Create it: A single PPT slide or PDF of your poster. 

Submit it: E-posters must be submitted by April 3rd, 2024. Additional details will be sent to accepted poster presenters and posted directly below. 

Display it: E-posters will be posted and publicly available on the SNTI event website both before and after the conference. 

60-minute Content Sessions

 

Proposal Strands and Topics

Each strand has two to three topics that the 2024 SNTI planning committee has prioritized as key learning areas. Each strand also has at least one open topic. Submissions can address a variety of topics that correspond with the strand’s theme.  

START Best Practices (START Team members only)
Highlighting START service best practices  

  • Coaching Caregivers 
  • START Crisis Response 
  • Clinical Education Teams (CETs) 
  • Open Topic 

START Foundations (START Team members only) 
Exploring the application of core foundational approaches and guiding principles of the START model 

  • Whole Person Conceptualization 
  • Cultural & Linguistic Competency 
  • Trauma-Informed Practices 
  • Open Topic 

Skills Workshops (Open call for proposals) 
Providing practical, experiential skill-based instruction 

  • Expressive Therapies 
  • Skills System for Emotion Regulation (Julie Brown) 
  • Open Topic 

Systemic Engagement (Open call for proposals) 
Corresponds with the 2024 theme; highlights best practices and innovations in systemic engagement 

  • Navigating and Resolving Conflict 
  • Relationships: How to form them, build them, and sustain them 
  • Engaging the system of care – including doctors 
  • Open Topic 

Inclusive Practices (Open call for proposals) 
To submit within this strand, you must demonstrate content that centers the lived experience perspective. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. If you are submitting on behalf of someone with lived experience, you must have acquired their permission/agreement to present either in-person or by representing their voice and perspective in an alternate format such as a pre-recorded video or attending via Zoom. This is the only content strand where a hybrid presentation approach will be supported. 

  • Open topic 
  • Open topic 
  • Open topic 
  • Open topic 

60-minute Lunch and Learn

 

We will be offering two to three concurrent 60-minute Lunch & Learn Sessions on Wednesday, May 8. These are roundtable discussions. No PowerPoint presentations or lectures are required. You will be required to submit a topic and outline your proposal for participant engagement. 

Continuing Education

Medical Professionals: 
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Dartmouth Health and The National Center for START Services®.  Dartmouth Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

American Medical Association (AMA)

Dartmouth Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Learners:  All other learners may claim CME-designated participation credit.  Consult your professional licensing board regarding the applicability and acceptance of CME-designated participation credit for programs certified for credit by organizations accredited by Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Education.

New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA)

This program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and National Center for START Services®, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886725464-2138) for 11 continuing education contact hours. 

National Board for Certified Counselors

2024 START National Training Institute has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Sessions approved for NBCC credit are clearly identified. National Center for START Services® - Institute on Disability is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4547.

Schedule

This schedule is subject to change and will be updated leading up to the event.

Please note: all times given are in Eastern Time (ET) which is the time zone of this event. 

The schedule refers to levels such as introductory, intermediate, etc. Click here to learn about APA levels

Sunday, May 5

Time Event Details

3:00-5:30pm 

Hotel Room Check-In 

Registration Open 

4:00-5:30pm 

Pre-SNTI Welcome

 

 

Monday, May 6

Time Event Details

8:00am-5:00pm

Registration Open

8:00am-9:00am

Breakfast & Networking

9:00am-9:15am

Welcome & General Announcements

9:15am-9:45am

Opening Remarks

Kristen Ahrens, Deputy Secretary for Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) within the Department of Human Services

Kelly Nye-Lengerman, PhD, MSW, Director, Institute on Disability

Pam Flaherty, MEd, NCSS Executive Director

9:45am-10:15am

START State of the Union

Pam Flaherty, MEd, NCSS Executive Director

Karen Weigle, PhD, NCSS Associate Director

10:15am-10:30am

Movement Break

10:30am-12:00pm

Gardner Award/Keynote

Gardner Award Winner Q&A

Dan Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP, psychologist, writer, & professor. Academic Director & Core Faculty, Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University

Being the Change: Cultivating Hope, Empowerment, Resilience, and Optimism

12:00pm-1:30pm

Lunch & Poster Walk

Enjoy lunch (provided) and take a moment to peruse the Research Posters on display in the Commonwealth hallway. Using your app, make note of which poster discussion sessions you want to attend tomorrow!

Book signing in the START Village

1:30pm-2:30pm

Breakout Sessions

Foundations

Clinical Conceptualization: The Key to Understanding and Supporting the Whole Person

Jill Hinton, PhD, NCSS Clinical Director

Anne LaForce, MA, NCSS Director of Therapeutic Coaching

Systemic Engagement

Promising Practices: It Matters to This One

Kathy Davis, BS, Manager, Promising Practices

Jeff Albaugh, MS, Director, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania START Initiative

Ruth Ann Koss, MEd, Program Manager, Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health

Inclusive Practices

Self-Determination, Dignity of Risk, and Mental Health: A Primer for Clinicians

Richard Chapman, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

START Best Practices

Evidence-Informed Practice: The Validity, Research, and Applicability

Kristal Garcia, LMSW, NCSS Lead Project Facilitator

David O’Neal, MS, LMHC, Director of IDD Services, Sound Health

Skills Workshops

A US Based Pilot of Beat It, a Behavioral Activation Intervention for People with IDD and Depression

Andrea Caoili, LCSW, NCSS Director of Quality Assurance & Research

Karen Weigle, PhD, NCSS Associate Director

IDD-MH Policy & Systems Change

IDD-MH Policy & Systems Change Panel I

Nikita Weaver, MHS, MA, Behavioral Health Program Management Analyst, PA Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services

Laura Deriggi, LSW, MSW, Senior Director, Clinical Consultation, PA Community Behavioral Health/Division of the Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disability Services

Kevin Pack, PsyD, MEd, Assistant Director for Clinical Services, PA Intellectual Disability Services

Blerina Faruku, DNP, Assistant Director for Whole Person support/Risk Mitigation/START Philadelphia, DBHIDS

Stacy Nonnemacher, PhD, Director of Cross System Strategies, NASDDDS

Dan Baker, PhD, Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness, Minnesota Department of Human Services/Community Based Services

Steve Dahl, MSW, LICSW, MBA, Director of MN DHS Community Support Services

2:30pm-2:45pm

Break

2:45pm-3:45pm

Breakout Sessions

Foundations

The Impact of Physical Health Conditions on Mental Health in Individuals with IDD: Why a Visit to the Doctor is Essential Before Psychiatric Intervention

Wendy Aita, PhD, Associate Professor/Co-Director RISN Center, Rowan Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine

Jennifer LeComte, DO, Medical Director, RISN Center, Rowan-Virtua SOM, Rowan University

Systemic Engagement

Contextual Systemic Engagement: Engaging When Systems are in Crisis

Pat Osbourn, MA, Associate Director, CDD/NM START Program Director, Center for Development & Disability, University of New Mexico

Collin Massey, MEd, NM START Coordinator

Cynthia King, MD, Medical Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Mohammed Murtuza, MD, MPH, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow

START Best Practices

Addressing the IDD Polypharmacy Epidemic Part 1: Causes and Solutions

Michael Cummings, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
Rose Hazlitt, PsyD, Clinical Director, NY Region 1 START/CSIDD

Caitlin Sestokas, MSW, MAOL, Director, NY Region 1 START/CSIDD

Janell Van Cleve, MSEd, CAS, APIC Clinical Director, NYSTART Region 1, 2, and 4

Skills Workshop

Active Resilience Planning: Healing Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Brian Tallant, MS, Program Director, Rocky Mountain Human Services

IDD-MH Policy & Systems Change

IDD-MH Policy & Systems Change Panel II

Natalie Stollon, MSW, Director, LEND Community Collaboration and Outreach, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Deborah Johnson, PhD, Program Coordinator, Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services

Lorrie Mitchell, LCSW, Crisis Program Administrator, DHHS/Office of Aging and Disability Services

Rachel Byers, MPH, Project Coordinator, Institute on Disability Research, Policy & Practice

3:45pm-4:00pm

Break

4:00pm-5:00pm

Breakout Sessions

Foundations

Trauma Informed Care: A Practical Approach

Jill Hinton, PhD, NCSS Clinical Director

Anne LaForce, MA, LPA, NCSS Director of Therapeutic Coaching

Systemic Engagement

Working with Law Enforcement: Where to START?

Sara Stanton, MA, NCSS Training Specialist

Ginny Redding, LPC, LMFT, NCSS Quality Assurance/SIRS Specialist

Elisabeth Jackman, MHA, Associate Clinical Director, NC START West

Brandon Ingaharro, Assistant Program Director CCM for IDD/Autism and HCT Services, NFI North Inc.

Shawn Aleong, Student Researcher, Institute on Disability, Temple University

Inclusive Practices

START Telehealth Activation Practices for People with IDD-MH and Their Caregivers

Andrea Caoili, LCSW, NCSS Director of Quality Assurance & Research

Morgan Futrell, MS, MSW, LCSW, NCSS QA and Research Coordinator

Janie Poncelet, MSW, LCSW, NCSS Research Coordinator

START Best Practices

Addressing the IDD Polypharmacy Epidemic Part 2: A Case Study

Michael Cummings, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

Rose Hazlitt, PsyD, Clinical Director, NY Region 1 START/CSIDD

Caitlin Sestokas, MSW, MAOL, Director, NY Region 1 START/CSIDD

Janell Van Cleve, MSEd, CAS, APIC Clinical Director, NYSTART Region 1, 2, and 4

Skills Workshop

More Tools for Your Toolbox: Applying Emotion Regulation Skills System

Alyse Scura, MA, EdM, LMHC, NCSS Project Manager

Special Session

Pap Camp: Addressing Barriers to Reproductive Healthcare Exams in People with IDD

Wendy Aita, PhD, Associate Professor/Co-Director RISN Center, Rowan Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine

Jennifer LeComte, DO, Medical Director, RISN Center, Rowan-Virtua SOM, Rowan University

5:00pm-5:30pm

Visit the registration desk to make a plan for Tuesday’s group outings!

Tuesday, May 7

Time Event Details

8:00am-5:00pm

Registration and Information Desk Open

8:00am-8:30am

Continental Breakfast Available

8:30am-9:30am

Breakfast Sessions

Session 1
(CMEs offered)

Medical Directors Practice Group
Jennifer McLaren, MD, NCSS Chief Medical Advisor

Session 2

Clinical Directors

Session 3

Program Directors

Jillaine Baker, MTS, MSW, LCSW, NCSS Associate Director of Quality Assurance

Alyce Benson, MSW, LCSW, NCSS Associate Project Facilitator

Maya Hu-Morabito, MA, NCSS Program Development Lead

Session 4

Team Leaders

Felicia Bates, MPH, NCSS Project Manager

Session 5

Children’s

Jenee Lewis-Walker, PsyD, NCSS Director of Child Mental Health Services

Session 6

Therapeutic Supports (RC/Thera Coaching)

Anne LaForce, MA, LPA, NCSS Director of Therapeutic Coaching

Bob Scholz, MS, LMHC, NCSS Director of Resource Center Services

Alyse Scura, MA, EdM, LMHC, NCSS Project Manager

Session 7

So You Want to Fund a START Program…

Pamela Flaherty, MEd, NCSS Executive Director

Karen Weigle, PhD, NCSS Associate Director

9:30am-9:45am

Break

9:45am-10:00am

Daily Welcome/General Announcements

10:00am-11:30am

Plenary Panel

Systems Change Through Systemic Resilience

Panel Moderator/Resilience Expert: Karyn Harvey, PhD, Director of Programs and Development, Park Ave Group

Systemic Leadership: Jill Pettinger MS, PhD, Deputy Commissioner, NYS OPWDD
Self-Determination: Richard Chapman, PhD, Assistant Director for Disability Leadership, The Partnership for People with Disabilities
Policy/Systems of Care/Intersectionality: Shawn Aleong, Student Researcher, Institute on Disability, Temple University
Policy/Intersectionality/Equity: Andy Arias, National Policy Advisor, DEIA SME, Georgetown University
START Leader: Dave O’Neal, MS, Director of IDD Services, Sound Health

11:30am-12:00pm

Break in Hallway- Visit the START Village
Book Signing

12:00pm-1:30pm

START Awards Luncheon (w/START Trivia)

1:30pm-2:30pm

Plenary

START Research Panel: Progress and Project Updates from 2023-2024

Andrea Caoili, LCSW, NCSS Director of Quality Assurance & Research

Ann Klein, MA, NCSS Director of Evaluation and Outcomes

Luke Kalb, PhD, Chair, National Research Consortium in IDD-MH, Assistant Professor, Kennedy Krieger Institute Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Micah Peace-Urquilla, BA, NCSS Research and Training Assistant

2:30pm-2:45pm

Movement Break

2:45pm-3:45pm

Poster Discussion Session 1

Commonwealth A:

  1. Human Trafficking, Gangs, Drug Cartels – How They Negatively Affect People with Disabilities
    Howard Zlamal, MEd, ArizonaLEND Faculty, ArizonaLEND
  2. Investigating the Relationship Between Children and Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and Traumatic, Adverse Experiences
    Aidan Campagnolio, MEd, Graduate Research Assistant, Institute on Disability at Temple University

Commonwealth B:

  1. Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching – Changing Health Promotion Strategies for People with IDD and Their Care Partners
    Alyssa Smith, MS, OTR/L, PhD Student, University of Vermont
  2. Linkage Coordination Project: Building Community and Improving Health – One Phone Call at a Time
    Michelle Lawrence, MS, Linkage Coordinator, Community Bridges
    Valarie Tetreault, MAPP, CSC, RM, IHWC, NH START Director, Community Bridges

Commonwealth C:

  1. Bridging the IDD-MH Training Gap: National Center for START Services’® Innovative Virtual Professional Development Courses Elizabeth Grosso, MSW, NCSS Director of Training and Professional Development, IOD UCEDD Training Director, CHHS Equity & Diversity Fellow, University of New Hampshire
    Caitlyn Veenstra, M.Ed, CAGS, NCSS Training Coordinator
    Sara Stanton, MA, NCSS Training Specialist
    Micah Peace Urquilla. B.A. NCSS Research and Training Associate

Commonwealth D:

  1. Investigating Emergency Service Use Among Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Mental Health Needs
    Sarah Curfman, Undergraduate Researcher, University of New Hampshire

3:45pm-4:45pm

Poster Discussion Session 1

Commonwealth A:

  1. Human Trafficking, Gangs, Drug Cartels – How They Negatively Affect People with Disabilities
    Howard Zlamal, MEd, ArizonaLEND Faculty, ArizonaLEND
  2. Investigating the Relationship Between Children and Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and Traumatic, Adverse Experiences
    Aidan Campagnolio, MEd, Graduate Research Assistant, Institute on Disability at Temple University

Commonwealth B:

  1. Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching – Changing Health Promotion Strategies for People with IDD and Their Care Partners
    Alyssa Smith, MS, OTR/L, PhD Student, University of Vermont
  2. Linkage Coordination Project: Building Community and Improving Health – One Phone Call at a Time
    Michelle Lawrence, MS, Linkage Coordinator, Community Bridges
    Valarie Tetreault, MAPP, CSC, RM, IHWC, NH START Director, Community Bridges

Commonwealth C:

  1. Bridging the IDD-MH Training Gap: National Center for START Services’® Innovative Virtual Professional Development Courses
    Elizabeth Grosso, MSW, NCSS Director of Training and Professional Development, IOD UCEDD Training Director, CHHS Equity & Diversity Fellow, University of New Hampshire

    Caitlyn Veenstra, M.Ed, CAGS, NCSS Training Coordinator
    Sara Stanton, MA, NCSS Training Specialist
    Micah Peace Urquilla. B.A. NCSS Research and Training Associate

Commonwealth D:

  1. Investigating Emergency Service Use Among Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Mental Health Needs
    Sarah Curfman, Undergraduate Researcher, University of New Hampshire

4:30pm-5:30pm

MD-Only Session

Empowering Care: Essential Resources, Tools, Strategies for Physicians in NH IDD

Jennifer McLaren, MD, NCSS Chief Medical Advisor

6:00pm-6:30pm

Evening outings 

6pm Baseball game 

6:30 or 8:00 Philly bus sightseeing 

7:30pm Ghost Tour 

Karaoke

Hard Rock Café Happy Hour  

Wednesday, May 8

Time Event Details

8:00am-3:00pm

Registration and Information Desk Open

8:00am-8:30am

Continental Breakfast Available in Prefunction

8:30am-8:45am

Daily Welcome/General Announcements

8:45am-9:30am

START Poster Awards & START Village Spirit Awards

9:30am-10:30am

Keynote

Andy Arias, National Policy Advisor, DEIA SME, Georgetown University

10:30am-10:45am

Break

10:45am-11:45am

Breakout Sessions

Foundations

Promoting Resilience and Avoiding Toxic Positivity

Jillaine Baker, MTS, MSW, LCSW, NCSS Associate Director of Quality Assurance

Morgan Futrell, MS, MSW, LCSW, NCSS Quality Assurance Research Coordinator

Micah Peace Urquilla, BA, NCSS Research and Training Associate

Systemic Engagement

Empowering START Teams to Navigate the Educational System for Crisis Planning and Intervention

Felicia Nevarez, M.Ed. NM START Clinical Team Lead, University of New Mexico, Center for Development and Disability

Tiffany Otero, Ph.D., BCBA Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor, NM START

Michelle Lafont, M.ED., Coordinator, NM START

Collin Massy, LLPC., Coordinator, NM START

Inclusive Practices

More Than Words: Language as a Tool for Social Change

Kelly Nye-Lengerman, PhD, Director, Institute on disability, University of New Hampshire

Shawn Aleong, Student Researcher, Institute n Disability, Temple University

Elizabeth Grosso, MSW, NCSS Director of Training and Professional Development, IOD UCEDD Training Director, CHHS Equity & Diversity Fellow, University of New Hampshire

START Best Practices

Caregiver Coaching: A Proven Practice for Supporting People With IDD-MH

Anne LaForce, MA, LPA, NCSS Director of Therapeutic Coaching

Maggie Robbins, RDT, Clinical Director NC START Central

Christy Prophete, MFT, STC Team Leader, NC START West

Skills Workshop

Positive-Interactive-Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT): Positive Group Psychotherapy for People with IDD-MH 

Dan Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP, psychologist, writer, & professor. Academic Director & Core Faculty, Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University

1:45am-12:00pm

Wrap- up Break, Turn in any CE Documentation, SNTI Activity forms

12:00pm-12:30pm

Lunch (Provided)- Grab your lunch and head to a lunch and learn session of your choosing

12:30pm-1:30pm

Lunch and Learn Sessions

Session 1

Poster Perspectives: A Round Table Discussion on Research Presentation and Design

Ann Klein, MA, NCSS Director of Outcomes and Evaluation

Session 2

Is your Board Bored?

Maya Hu-Morabito, MA, NCSS Program Development Lead

Yenifer Gallegos-Meija, MSW, Director, Central Valley START

Session 3

The Art of Facilitation

Elizabeth Grosso, MSW, NCSS Director of Training and Professional Development, IOD UCEDD Training Director, CHHS Equity & Diversity Fellow, University of New Hampshire

Alyse Scura, MA, EdM, LMHC, NCSS Project Manager

Session 4

Navigating Mental Health and IDD: A Doc-to-Doc Dialogue

Jennifer McLaren, MD, NCSS Chief Medical Advisor

Session 5

Extending the Reach of Therapeutic Groups: Making an Impact on Staff, the Clinical Team, Center Guests, and the Community

Barb Drotos, MSW, LICSW, NH START Clinical Director

Michelle (Shelley) Marulla, BA, Program Manager, NH START Resource Center

Session 6

The R in Team: Strategies to build and nurture relationships within your team to increase resiliency and retention

Michele Bagby, MA, LBS, BCBA, TN START Statewide Director, TN Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

1:30pm-1:45pm

Movement Break

1:45pm-3:00pm

Closing Plenary & Group Experience

Dan Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP, psychologist, writer, & professor. Academic Director & Core Faculty, Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University

Jill Hinton, PhD, NCSS Clinical Director

Awards

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!

New for 2024: The START Village

Building Resilience Through Systemic Collaboration:
It Takes a Village

 

A rectangular table with a tablecloth and colorful triangle banner running across the front. On top of the table are stand holders depicting START team information. The table contains small items such as pens and sensory toys that can be taken by attendees. To the right of the table is a vertical banner that says, “Welcome to the START Village.”

What is the START Village?
A standing installment in the common area of the 2024 SNTI event space where attendees can learn about the breadth and scope of the national START network. This will build community (our village) around our shared commitment to improving the wellbeing of people with IDD-MH. 

Why is sharing information about my program/organization important? 
The START Network represents a diverse array of individuals, families, professionals, programs, and organizations who all share a common mission: to improve the wellbeing of people with IDD-MH and their families. The START Village is an opportunity to simultaneously embrace what connects us and what sets us apart. This is an opportunity to shine a light on the unique characteristics and contributions of your program/organization. 

What will be featured in the START Village?

  • START program profiles from all START programs across the country—learn about each START program’s staff, accomplishments, unique areas of interest/expertise, and contributions to the broader IDD-MH field. 
  • Interactive SNTI attendee map: A large map of the US will be displayed. Attendees will place a sticker the area they’re from, visualizing our reach. We plan to bring it back each year so we can watch how we continue to build capacity nationwide. 
  • NCSS Information: START program map, information on NCSS research, training & professional development. NCSS will outline key fidelity-based information so that START programs can focus on what makes them stand out.
  • Info tables about programs/projects/organizations of START Network partners- attendees can build connections, get inspired by new ideas, and make plans for future collaborations.
  • Vendor/exhibitor tables, including books and art for sale (more on this TBA!)

I’d like to table in the 2024 SNTI START Village. Who do I reach out to?
Please email lead START Village Coordinator, Sofia Whitehead at sofia.whitehead@unh.edu