National Leadership Institute

May 11-15, 2020

Developing leaders. Building Capacity.


If you have any questions about registering for the conference, please call registration services at 435-797-0421, or email at


The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) National Training Center is a collaboration between the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Kentucky, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Utah State University. Established in 2018 through funding provided by the Administration for Community Living, we work to improve mental health services and supports for people with developmental disabilities by providing focused trainings. By serving as a national clearinghouse, we help provide access to the most current evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally responsive practices that address the mental health needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.


The MHDD: Leadership Institute was created to help inspire, motivate and guide professionals to meaningful action by identifying and committing to values. By using components of ACTraining, those that attend the institute will walk away feeling reinvigorated to continue doing their work and finding new ways to build capacity around supporting the mental health aspects of individuals with developmental disabilities. The leadership institute is divided into three sections:

The Pre-Institute

The pre-institute is an online 12 hour workshop that opens 6 weeks in advance of the in-person institute. The pre-institute will help orient you to the topic of rural issues in mental health and developmental disabilities and familiarize you to the ACTraining framework. You will work on reconnecting with your values and making more workable action.

The Institute

The MHDD Leadership Institute is a five-day, in-person seminar that takes place at Utah State University in May of 2020. You will engage with experts in the field of MHDD and obtain cutting edge information that can be applied in rural communities to build capacity for the mental health aspects of individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Post-Institute

The post-institute is a cohort action group facilitated via video conferencing for three months following the leadership institute. Cohort members will be provided a platform to help troubleshoot their action plans, gain support from others across the country, and find new ways to continue developing leaders and building capacity at their respective agencies.