October 24, 2019
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Upcoming Training Opportunities
  • Register to attend the AUCD webinar IDefineMyWellness on October 29th
  • Register to attend the NCAPPS webinar on Cultural Competence on October 29th
  • Join the next NH START Clinical Education Team meeting on November 12th
Details on each of these training opportunities is described in detail below.
Join AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of ID/DD SIG, chaired by CSS Director Joan Beasley, PhD, and the Wellness and Mental Health Learning Group, formed by AUCD's National Center on Disability in Public Health, to hear updates on how people living with disabilities define wellness. Additional information about the webinar and a link to register is included in the AUCD announcement below.
A Webinar from AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of IDD Special Interest Group and the Wellness and Mental Health Learning Group
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Click Here to Register
Webinar Description
Timed in conjunction with Mental Health Month, AUCD hosted a Twitter chat, IDefineMyWellness, to solicit input from people with disabilities on what wellness and mental health means to them. Lessons learned and experiences from facilitating this learning group, as well as the resource developed will be showcased. Attendees will also learn behind the scenes tips for hosting a successful Twitter chat and developing meaningful resources from participants. Register now to join this meaningful exchange as we wrap up October, Disability Awareness and Appreciation Month! Additional information is available on the


Cultural Competence: What it Means for Person-Centered Thinking, Planning, & Practice
Tuesday October 29th, 3 to 4:30pm Eastern Time

Cultural competence is widely recognized as essential to the delivery of high quality and effective services and supports by policy makers, health, mental health and social service professionals, educators, and researchers. There is a solid base of evidence that cultural competence improves access, utilization, outcomes, and satisfaction in health and human service delivery systems. While this evidence is compelling, many organizations have struggled to integrate cultural competence into their person-centered thinking, planning, and practice.
Tawara Goode, Brenda Liz Muñoz, Christie Carter, Diana Autin,adn  Lorraine Davis
This webinar will:
  1. Describe a framework for cultural competence and at the individual and organizations levels;
  2. Provide a “real life” example of an organization that values and practices cultural competence;
  3. Highlight personal narratives of individuals who will share what culturally competent services mean to them; and
  4. Describe how cultural competence and person-centered thinking and practice are integrally linked.
Additional information is available online on our training calendar
Full registration link:
Click Here to Register
This webinar is the second in a four-part series that explores cultural and linguistic competence as it relates to person-centered thinking, planning, and practice. The series is presented by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence and the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Thinking, Planning, and Practice, NCAPPS is a new initiative from the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help States, Tribes, and Territories to implement person-centered practices. NCAPPS webinars are open to the public, and are geared toward human services administrators, providers, and people who use long-term services and supports. All NCAPPS webinars will be recorded and archived at
RSVP to Participate in the November NH START CET

The Center for START Services & the New Hampshire START team are pleased to share an opportunity for START team members to participate remotely (via Zoom videoconferencing) in a NH START CET meeting being held on Tuesday November 12th from 10:00am – 12:00pm ET at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability.

Please click this link to register as a participant.  You will receive additional materials and instructions for joining upon registration.

For our newest members of the START network, Clinical Education Teams (CETs) are learning forums for START teams and community providers to discuss and reflect on best practices within the context of an active case. November's session will feature a presentation on anxiety in the IDD & deaf community.

The multidisciplinary team is comprised of START team members, local mental health clinicians, IDD, emergency, and/or inpatient service providers. CETs are an integral aspect of a START clinical team’s primary and secondary interventions within the tertiary care model.

CET meeting outline:
  • Brief follow-up report on the case discussed during the previous meeting
  • Active case introduced by START Coordinator using redacted copy of a biopsychosocial case outline
  • Coordinator provides a brief overview of the person, the reason they are being presented today, and any salient questions to be addressed
  • Group discussion, facilitated by Clinical Director
  • CET concludes with the START coordinator summarizing the discussion and recommendations
NH START-Central Multidisciplinary Team:
  • Consulting Psychiatrist, Sherm Fox, MD
  • Consulting Neuropsychologist, Stefanie Griffin, PhD
  • CSS Director, Joan Beasley, PhD
  • NH START Project Facilitator, Robert Scholz, MS, LMHC
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The Center for START Services

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire