Summer 2021 Funding Highlights and News

August 23, 2021

Center for START Services approved for $4.8 million in Research Funding

The Center for START Services (CSS) was recently approved for $4.8 million in research funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for their 5-year study: Evaluation of Telehealth Services on Mental Health Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The project will include partners from the University of Florida and Johns Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Institute. In this study, the project team will compare an in-person to a telemental health-delivered crisis prevention program for youth and young adults with IDD. The team will deliver these two interventions within START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment), a national model of crisis prevention and intervention services for people with IDD. Telemental health means that mental health services are provided through the internet and/or phone. Citation: Beasley, J. (August 2021). Evaluation of Telehealth Services on Mental Health Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [Grant]. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). ($4.8 Million)

UNH-4U Awarded $20,000 from NH Charitable Foundation

Funding will support UNH-4U residential students this fall. The application process is already underway for the UNH-4U 2-Year Program. This is a program milestone as this project has been in the works for over 5 years. Information on their first cohort will be communicated soon. Citation: Partch-Davies, T. (June 2021). UNH-4U [Foundation Gift]. NH Charitable Foundation. ($20,000)

NIDILRR Awards $1 Million to IOD for Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training in Employment

Over a five-year period, this project will offer six 18-month fellowships to graduates of professionally oriented, disability-related doctoral programs, whom the IOD will engage with coursework in graduate-level econometrics, a sequence of one-on-one mentorship sessions with a team of experienced disability and employment research mentors, and immersion in ongoing, federally-funded research projects. Citation: Phillips, K. (June 2021 - May 2026). Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training in Employment [Grant]. National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). 90AREM000401. ($1 Million)

NH-ME LEND Awarded $3.1 Million to Provide Exemplary Interdisciplinary Training

During the project period, the NH-ME LEND Program will provide exemplary interdisciplinary training for 90 long-term and 75 short-term and 400 medium-term trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines to assume leadership roles in Maternal and Child Health for children and youth with NDD/ASD and their families.
This project has five goals:

  1. Increase the number of trained professionals to meet the complex needs of individuals with ASD/DD through interdisciplinary leadership training.
  2. Implement a comprehensive curriculum incorporating interdisciplinary clinical, leadership, and didactic content to prepare trainees to assume leadership roles in the provision of MCH services for children and youth with ASD/DD.
  3. Coordinate and collaborate with federal, regional, state, and local partners to enhance and expand services for children and youth with ASD/DD.
  4. Disseminate curricular materials, educational resources, and research findings annually to sustain effective strategies, services, and interventions.
  5. Implement organizational and administrative structures to ensure program success.

Citation: Humphreys, E. (2021-2026). NH-ME Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program [Grant]. Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau. ($3.1 million)

CSS Partners with LEND Programs to Provide Graduate-level Training

The Center for START Services (CSS) was awarded an $18,000 subcontract with the Georgetown University LEND program to provide graduate-level training to achieve their goal of building the capacity of interdisciplinary team members to identify, diagnose, and serve children with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ASD/DD) and their families. CSS will provide LEND trainees with access to: National Online Training Series on Mental Health and IDD; CSS’ Professional Development Series on the mental health aspects of IDD with 6-week courses designed for care coordinators/case managers; and direct support professionals, and mobile crisis responders. Citation: Beasley, J. (2021-2026). Center for START Services [Subcontract].Georgetown University LEND program. Georgetown University. ($18,000).

The Center for START Services has also partnered with the Georgia State University LEND program to provide five years of graduate-level. CSS will provide GA LEND trainees with access to National Online Training Series on Mental Health and IDD; three asynchronous IDD-MH training modules per year including a post-quiz and certificate of completion; and up to three office hours per month with CSS national team members for discussion and consultation regarding the training modules. Citation: Beasley, J. (2021-2026). Center for START Services [Subcontract]. Georgia State University LEND program. Georgia State University. ($125,000)

IOD Awarded $59,701 to Expand Access to COVID 19 Vaccines

This supplement fund will be utilized to support COVID-19 vaccine access, vaccine education and outreach, and local and state assistance for individuals with disabilities. Citation: Nye-Lengerman, K. (2021-2022). Expanding Disabilities Network’s (UCEDDs) Access to COVID 19 Vaccines [Grant]. Administration on Community Living (ACL). ($59,701)