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The WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is offering a new ECHO Series: Transforming Care for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilites. This five session online training series is intended to provide education and resources to individuals, families and healthcare professionals about transforming care for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

ECHO Series webinars are free to attend. RSVP to receive Zoom meeting registration info for any or all of the five sessions. All webinars are from 12-1 p.m. EST.




January 24 - IDD Institutionalization
Didactic: Robert Hansen, MS Special Assistant for I/DD Services, Bureau of Behavioral Health
Case: Amy Ingles, Regional Director/Statewide Development Director, Starlight Behavior Health System

  • Describe and discuss the Project ECHO format and purpose of this ECHO Series.
  • Summarize and evaluate evidence supporting increased institutionalization of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
  • Identify and explain factors associated within increased institutionalizations of this population.


February 21 - Measurement and Functioning
Didactic: David Clayman, Ph.D., Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

  • Describe and illustrate how intellectual and/or developmental disability is measured.
  • Compare and analyze how different measures are associated with different approaches and outcomes.

March 20 - Transitional Placement Decision Making
Didactic: Lesley Cottrell, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the WVU CED
Case: Heidi Thomas, MBA/HCM Division Director I/DD Services, Westbrook Health Services

  • Summarize available transitional living options for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
  • Describe, illustrate and analyze the decision-making process for determining transitional living arrangements for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
  • Review temporary placement arrangements for stabilization and discuss role of crisis placements.

April 16 - Differences Between Behavioral and Mental Health Services
Didactic: Lauren Swager, MD, Behavioral Health Medical Director at Aetna Better Health of West Virginia
Case: Elma Fisher, Healthways, Inc.

  • Compare and contrast behavioral and mental health approaches.
  • Describe, illustrate and analyze trauma-informed approach for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
  • Generate discussion on influence of client co-morbidities, I/DD and care.

May 15 - Delivering Effective Interventions in the Real World
Kim Shontz, LCSW, Director- Illinois Crisis Prevention Network Support Service Team
Case: Charlene Bennett, EdD, Co-Founder and CEO/Executive Director of Individual Advocacy Group

  • Review common interventions shown to be effective for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
  • Classify and discuss challenges to implementation in the field (e.g., limited staff, space).
  • Review how to maintain staff and client safety in times of crisis.
  • Discuss liability issues.

If you have any questions, please contact Melina Danko at for more information. 

This program is being presented with financial assistance as a grant from the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

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