2011-12 IOTI grants funded: Let the training begin!

July 27, 2011 by cpehrson

Nine training grants have been funded for 2011-2012 by the Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI), an initiative that is intended to improve the lives of people with disabilities by supporting training for consumers and agency personnel.

Three of the IOTI grants were awarded to CPD staff members.

Since 1995, the CPD has coordinated the funding which comes from the Utah State Legislature for training in Utah.  IOTI has funded more than 100 projects conducted by over 30 public and private agencies and organizations through the years.

IOTI training grants funded for this upcoming year include the following:

Guardianship Training- for families with children who have special needs and the professionals and educators who support them to help them understand the process of obtaining guardianship.

ABC’s of Autism (CPD project)-training for families of young children in Utah with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism Training-for parents of children with sensory processing problems and providers working with these children.

Justice, Equity, and Access (CPD project)-training for people with disabilities, law enforcement and legal advocates on preventing violence and increasing justice, equity, and access for people with disabilities.

AT Training (CPD project)-for assistive technology specialists at the Centers for Independent Living Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, DSPD staff, and Area Agency on Aging staff.

IDEA Part C/Part B Transition Training-for parents/families of young children with disabilities and developmental delays being served in Early Intervention programs, EI professionals, special educators, administrators, etc.

Provider Education Training-for mental health providers and state agencies who work directly with individuals with severe and persistent mental disabilities/brain disorders.

Family Preservation Training-for families and care givers of people with disabilities to assist them in meeting the stress associated with supporting people with developmental disabilities.

Supported Employment Training-web-based training for community rehabilitation providers, secondary transition teachers, and parents.


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Latest Newsflash now available

July 1, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

photo of police emergency lightsThe CPD’s latest NewsFlash focuses on crisis intervention training, which was funded in part by the CPD’s Interagency Outreach Training Initiative program for eight years. This training helps law enforcement officers to learn techniques for dealing with people in a mental health crisis, and those close to the program say it saves lives.

This month’s issue also salutes Eric Monson, who recently graduated from USU and is now training to be a medical scientist. Much of his undergraduate training happened here at the CPD’s biomedical lab.

You can read the full newsletter on the CPD website.

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Take a Break: 30 seconds to a more relaxed you

June 21, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

Think of a place where you feel happy and secure.

In 30 seconds you can:

Lean back, take slow deep breaths, close your eyes and think of a place where you feel peaceful and secure. Remember this place in great detail and continue taking slow deep breaths.


Lean back, take slow deep breaths, close your eyes, tighten all the muscles in your body and hold this tension for 10 seconds.  Let go, breathe out, and shake out the tension in your body.


Sit down with both feet on the ground, hands on your lap.  Breathe slowly in through your nose, out through your mouth. Focus on your breathing for 10
seconds. Repeat.

We’d like to thank Jeanie Peck for these snippets of wisdom. She provides mental health therapy for parents involved with the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program.

This is the last post in our “Take a Break” series. In July, a new “Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act” series will run every Monday, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the ground-breaking ADA law.

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Take a Break: and remember what went right

June 14, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

Did you hear something funny? Add it to your list of what went right today.

List the good things that have occurred today, for example:

Did you survive the day?
Did you hear something funny?
Did you get through the day without calling 911?

Perhaps you talked to someone who made you smile, or read something that made you think. Maybe you coaxed a smile from somebody else.

Did you call a friend, neighbor, or relative for help and they came?
Or did someone else cook a meal, or call to check on you?

You choose the good things you will remember about today. List them all!
Savor for 5 minutes, then hug yourself.

Good job!

We’d like to thank Jeanie Peck for these snippets of wisdom. She provides mental health therapy for parents involved with the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program.

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Take a Break: Easy suggestions for finding some relaxation

June 1, 2010 by JoLynne Lyon

A woman blows a soap bubble

Need a break? Here are some simple suggestions for maintaining your physical and mental health:

  • Take a walk
  • Go to the gym
  • Read something you don’t have to
  • Write in a journal or notebook
  • Write to a friend or family member
  • Take a hot bath or shower
  • Read the comics
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Read a joke book
  • Blow bubbles
  • Call a friend or family member
  • Meditate
  • Pray
  • Use respite services
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Make plans for a vacation
  • Read a favorite book
  • Relax
  • Go to the library
  • Have lunch with a friend
  • Go to a movie
  • Nap

Or list your own favorite way to grab a few minutes to yourself. Leave us a comment.

We’d like to thank Jeanie Peck for these snippets of wisdom. She provides mental health therapy for parents involved with the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program.

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