2018 START National Training Institute

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The annual START National Training Institute (SNTI) is provided by the Center for START Services, a non-profit, national initiative based at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability/University Center for Excellence in Disability (UCED). The SNTI was founded in 2016 to provide a forum where START network partners from around the country learn about research findings, along with best practices and innovations associated with START programs, to improve local capacity, service outcomes, and life experiences for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) and behavioral health needs and their families.

The 2018 SNTI will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.  Attendees will have the opportunity to create a tailored learning experience by selecting breakout Sessions from five content strands:

  • Strand A: Strength Based Approaches
  • Strand B: Integrated Healthcare
  • Strand C: Community Inclusion
  • Strand D: Social Policy
  • Strand E: Crisis Response

For more information, visit the Center for START Services Website.

Schedule Overview

Sunday, May 6, 2018

  • 4:00pm-6:00pm Early Bird Registration
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm Pre-Institute Session

Monday, May 7, 2018

  • 8:30am-10:15am Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentation
  • 10:30am-12:00pm Panel Discussion
  • 12:00pm-1:15pm Lunch on your own
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm Breakout Session 1
  • 3:15pm-4:45pm Breakout Session 2
  • 5:15pm-6:30pm Poster Session and Social Networking Event

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

  • 9:00am-10:00am Panel Discussion
  • 10:00am-10:30am Poster Awards
  • 10:45am-12:15am Breakout Session 3
  • 12:30pm-2:00 pm Awards Luncheon
  • 2:30pm-4:00pm Breakout Session 4
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm START 30th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

  • 9:00am-10:00am Keynote Presentation
  • 10:15am-11:45am Panel Discussion
  • 11:45am-12:15pm Closing Remarks

​Session times are subject to change.

Hotel Information

Sheraton Boston Hotel 


  • Special room rate of $289 per night.
  • Call (888) 627-7054 to arrange reservation by phone. Use Group Code "SE06AA" or mention "START National Training Institute" to secure room rate.
  • Or click here to Book your Reservation Online
  • Limited availability. Cut off April 6, 2018.


Sponsorship opportunities are still available, visit the Center for START Services website for more information.

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Date & Time

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

Registration Fee

Full Training Institute Rates
Includes Monday-Wednesday registration and access to all special events (does not include Sunday intro to START).

  • Standard Rate: $699
  • START Team Member Rate: $599
  • Group Rate (5+): $549

Single Day Rates

  • Monday Only  $275
  • Tuesday Only includes awards luncheon $350
  • Wednesday Only $75
  • Sunday Intro to START Session $50


Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA

Event Contact

Center for START Services
(603) 228-2085 ext 23