Professional Development Training for

988 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) Screeners

Suicide Prevention for People with

Autism (ASD) or Intellectual Disability (IDD)

This is a training program for suicide prevention workers who may answer 988 calls from people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) experiencing mental health crises.

The course is virtual, on-demand, and available in English and Spanish.


Registration Opens in July 2022

For more information please contact the NCSS Training Department


Course Description:

This online, on-demand training will enable 988 screeners to better respond to the needs of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and mental health needs who call the Lifeline seeking help. The training was developed by the National Center for START Services with experts in suicide prevention for people with ASD-IDD/MH and will include up-to-date best practices. All training developed by the National Center for START Services is evidence-informed, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and culturally competent. 

Structure: Online, on-demand; (3) 20-minute video training modules

Cost: $49.00 per participant

Languages: English, Español

Topics Covered:

  1. How to conduct an interview to engage with people who may have ASD-IDD

  2. Prevalence, signs & symptoms of suicidality amongst people with ASD-IDD

  3. Overview of available suicide screening tools that can be utilized

Continuing Education: Each module will have an accompanying multiple-choice quiz. Those who score 85% or higher will receive a Certificate of Completion for that module. Those who score less than 85% will have the opportunity to re-take the quiz. 


Registration Opens in July 2022