Course for Mobile Crisis Responders

Next Course Begins November 7



The course consists of 6 live, webinar-style sessions (75 minutes of instruction + 30 minutes of discussion/questions = 105 minutes total) that teach best practices in crisis assessment, response, and disposition recommendations. Additional resources and materials are provided to participants.

Registration is $149 per person and participants can receive University of New Hampshire Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a Certificate of Completion for MHIDD Mobile Crisis Response Training.

Facilitators: Alyse Scura and Micah Peace Urquilla

Who should attend?

  • Mobile Crisis Responders, Clinicians & Supervisors
  • Mental Health and/or IDD Case Managers /Service Coordinators
  • Emergency Services Clinicians

Session 1: Introduction to Training Course & IDD-MH

  • IDD overview
  • MH aspects of IDD
  • Biopsychosocial approach 

Session 2: Presentation of Mental Health Diagnoses in People with IDD

  • Overview of most commonly occurring MH diagnoses 

Session 3: Mental Health Assessment Considerations for People with IDD

  • Information gathering
  • Collateral contacts
  • Establishing rapport, assessing PERMA
  • Knowing the right questions to ask
  • Environmental considerations

Session 4: Emergency Assessment

  • Conducting a mental status exam
  • Assessing vegetative functioning (baseline exaggeration)
  • Safety/risk assessments (including suicidality)
  • Biopsychosocial recent stressors (including medication side effects)

Session 5: Recommendations/Disposition Planning

  • Disposition recommendations
  • Considering assessment data in dispositions
  • Negotiating safety with system

Session 6: Tying It All Together

  • Wrap-up, lessons learned, next steps/action planning

Course Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will... 

  • Identify how common mental health conditions may present in persons with IDD
  • Identify the most common mental health conditions within the IDD population
  • Clarify difference between a person’s presentation and their diagnostic understanding
  • Apply skills and approaches learned within sessions to crisis assessments of individuals with IDD-MH
  • Integrate information learned into disposition recommendations

Continuing Education

In order to receive a NCSS Certificate of Completion for and 0.75 University of New Hampshire CEUs (7.5 contact hours) participants must:

Attend each Zoom Webinar session (If unable to attend a particular session, a recorded version will be available)
Read weekly case vignette prior to session and complete a case vignette worksheet
Complete a pre- and post-survey at the beginning and conclusion of the course as well as a short training evaluation following each session