Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Professional Development Series

Course for Mobile Crisis Responders

The next course will be offered in Spring 2023

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.

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 & MH/IDD
  • Session 2 - Presentation of Mental Health Diagnoses in People with IDD
  • Session 3 - Mental Health Assessment Considerations for People with IDD
  • Session 4 - Emergency Assessment
  • Session 5 - Recommendations/Disposition Planning
  • Session 6 - Tying It All Together

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 MH/IDD
  • Integrate information learned into disposition recommendations


  • 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

About the Facilitators:

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Alyce Benson, LCSW
Associate Project Facilitator

MSW, BSW, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee

Alyce Benson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health disorders.  She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Ms. Benson specializes in working with individuals who present complex behavioral, medical, and psychological issues, and has extensive experience working in numerous community-based settings and with numerous interdisciplinary teams. She has provided seminars at both national and international conferences for NADD and AAMR.  She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and National Association for the Dually Diagnosed. 

Top Signature Strengths: Hope and Fairness

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David O'Neal, MS, LMHC, MHP
Project Facilitator

M.S., Psychology, Western Washington University
B.A., Psychology, University of Washington

As a Department Manager of Specialized Services at Sound mental health in Seattle, WA, I manage all IDD services and agency wide Vocational Services. Our Community Networks Program consists of a 30 person, interdisciplinary staff team involved in the provision of mental health, vocational, chemical dependency, solution based systemic problem solving, and case management for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Monitor, facilitate and fulfill contracts with county and state divisions of mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. Our Vocational Team, SoundWorks, is integrated into all mental health clinical teams and those 10 individuals oversee Supported employment for all SMH clients.

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