START National Online Training Series (NOTS) on the Mental Health Aspects of IDD

The START National Online Training Series (NOTS) on the Mental Health Aspects of IDD is an annual series designed to provide innovative and topic-focused online training to community members that support persons who experience IDD and mental health needs. Pre-recorded trainings from this series are released once a month to the START Network and other partners from September through April. Live, virtual Q&A sessions are held with each month’s presenter on the Friday following the release of the training. UNH CEUs and NYSW CEUs are available at no additional cost. NCSS often offers additional Special Presentations to the START Network as part of their subscription to the NOTS.

View 2023-2024 Series Schedule 

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How to subscribe?

Many individuals can access the NOTS for free by partnering with their local START program. If you or your agency are interested in enrolling in the National Online Training Series (NOTS), please fill out this NOTS interest survey. A member of our training department will connect with you for next steps. 

Each monthly pre-recorded training includes:

  • University of New Hampshire CEUs (included): Each pre-recorded presentation is eligible for 1 contact hour/0.1 UNH CEU per training & an additional 1 contact hour/0.1 UNH CEU for attending the Live Q&A with Presenters.

  • New York Social Work CEUs (included): The CEU is for New York licensed Social Workers Only and includes verification of NY SW license for eligibility. Each pre-recorded presentation is eligible for 1 contact hour/0.1 NY SW CEU per training & an additional 1 contact hour/0.1 NY SW CEU for attending the Live Q&A with Presenters. 

  • Review Guide: Offers group discussion prompts and multiple-choice questions to check understanding of the training material. Additional resources (websites, handouts, research article citations) that can be used to further explore the presentation topic are also included when relevant.

  • Invitation to a one-hour LIVE Q&A (Zoom) with presenter: A live, 1-hour Q&A session featuring that month’s presenter. Sessions are facilitated by a NCSS team member and driven by participant questions. Q&A sessions are held on the third Friday of the month, running from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET/10:00 – 11:00am PT.

Who is the intended audience?

Family members, self-advocates/persons with lived experience, and any professional interested in learning more about the mental health aspects of intellectual/developmental disabilities. This may include (but isn’t limited to) service coordinators/case managers, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, direct support professionals, supervisors, administrators, and behaviorists/behavioral specialists.

Accommodation Requests 

It is our goal to make the NOTS live Q&A accessible for all. CART services will be provided for every live Q&A and does not require an accommodation request. Should you have additional accommodation requests, please complete this form and we will make every reasonable effort to meet that request. Someone from NCSS will contact you about the status of your request. 


Speakers and presenters participating in sessions are encouraged to express their findings, experiences, and conclusions on specific topics. They are selected for their areas of expertise and personal and professional knowledge. Therefore, points of view or opinions of our speakers and presenters do not officially represent the National Center for START ServicesTM, the Institute on Disability, or the University of New Hampshire.