October 30, 2020
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of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Friday Feature
The National Research Consortium
on Mental Health in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Second Annual Meeting Recap

picture of Tawara GoodeThe second annual meeting of the National Research Consortium on Mental Health in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (NRC) was held virtually on October 21st and was attended by board members and research partners from across the country and internationally. Tawara Goode, MA, presented the keynote titled, “Race, Ethnicity, Class and Culture in IDD/MH Research: What is getting in our way?” Ms. Goode is the Director of the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University and the Director of Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development/UCEDD. 

Her presentation highlighted gaps in culturally competent research in IDD/MH and closed with four profound statements:
  • There is a need for standardized methods to collect racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural data for persons with IDD/MH and their families.
  • There is a need for research that documents racial, ethnic, and cultural variations in response to treatment and interventions.
  • There is a need for studies that validate the efficacy of culturally and linguistically competent, community engaged, comparative effectiveness research.
  • When discussing evidence-based practice, we must all ask the question, “Evidence-based for whom?”
These statements and other recommendations gathered during group discussions will set the stage for the NRC’s 2021 planning.
The meeting also included updates from the 2020 NRC Innovation Funding Award recipients. They each presented an overview of their research and initial findings/outcomes. Recorded presentations can be found by clicking on the project titles below:
Two other projects that are directly relevant to the NRC were also presented:

 You can learn more about the NRC on the Center for START Services website.

NRC Donations
If you are interested in donating to the National Research Consortium,
please contact Luke Reynard, Director of Operations at CSS
at (603) 228-2084 or
Employment Opportunities

Center for START Services Associate Project Facilitator is responsible for ongoing consultation and coaching to the assigned START Program as directed by the Lead Project Facilitator. This can include frequent video and phone meetings focused on programmatic and clinical development of the team as well as therapeutic coaching activities. The Associate Project Facilitator works collaboratively with the Lead Facilitator, Document Reviewer, and Director of Quality Assurance and plays a key role in assisting START Programs prepare and train their team members. This position provides training and technical assistance to START programs providing START therapeutic coaching, including but not limited to the provision of START Therapeutic Coaching training groups, manual review and revision, and technical assistance.

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Welcome Ginny Reding to the CSS Team
Ginny Reding is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Arkansas with over 10 years experience working with individuals, families, and groups in the mental health field with an emphasis on family systems models. She served as a Team Leader with the Arkansas START program from 2014 to 2019 and joined the New Hampshire START program as a consultant in 2019. With the NH START program, she provides Quality Assurance, case Coordination, and Coordinator Coaching. Ginny is the President Elect for the Arkansas Counseling Association and served as their secretary from 2018 to 2020. Ginny will now support CSS as the Outcomes and Evaluation Support Specialist.
Upcoming Training Opportunities

Black Lives with IDD and Their Faith Communities

A discussion of the role of church communities in the lives of black and brown people with IDD and their families
  • Upcoming Webinar: November 10, 2020
  • Speaker: Dr. Luchara Wallace, Director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations and Associate Professor in Special Education, Western Michigan State University (READ MORE)
  • Register here:
Learn More and Register for this AAIDD Webinar Series
MHIDD Course for Mobile Crisis Responders
Registration Open for Next Course Beginning on January 5, 2021

Registration is now open for the next MHIDD training course for Mobile Crisis Responders. The course, which spans 6 sessions from January 5 - February 9, 2021, provides an overview of mental health diagnoses in people with IDD, assessment considerations, crisis response, and recommendation/disposition planning. Registration for the course is $149 per person. 
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MHIDD Course for Care Coordinators and Case Managers 
Registration Open for Next Course Beginning on March 15, 2021

This 6-week online course is designed to improve knowledge for care coordinators and case managers to successfully support children and adults with IDD and mental health service needs and their families. Speakers will include family members and people with lived experiences along with experts in the field. Dr. Joan B. Beasley will demonstrate how the information provided can be applied to improve the ability of care coordinators/case managers to identify service and support needs, and monitor outcomes for individuals and their families. Registration for the course is $299 per person.
Learn More and Register
Have a happy and healthy weekend,

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire