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Individual EIDBI provider trainings

Page posted: 2/17/17

Page reviewed: 11/6/17

Page updated: 11/6/18

Legal authority

CMS-approved state plan amendment (PDF), Minn. Stat. §256B.0949


All Level III providers must complete the following trainings:

DHS recommends all other EIDBI providers complete these trainings as well.


Each Level III provider should complete his/her required trainings within six months of becoming an MHCP-enrolled EIBDI provider.

ASD Strategies in Action (formerly ASD 101)

Replacing Autism 101 (ASD 101) Training

ASD Strategies in Action course replaces the Autism 101 training that Autism Society of Minnesota offered from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017. Providers who have taken the Autism 101 training before June 30, 2017, are not required to retake the ASD Strategies in Action.

As of July 1, 2017, any enrolled, individual Level III EIDBI provider is required to take the ASD Strategies in Action training.

What it covers

ASD Strategies in Action is an online, video-based learning series that covers the characteristics of ASD and evidenced-based strategies to support people with ASD in homes, schools and community settings. The provider will learn strategies to develop a person’s skills in:

  • • Academic growth
  • • Communication
  • • Emotional regulation
  • • Independence
  • • Joint attention
  • • Social relationships
  • • Transitioning and routines.
  • The online modules include:

  • • 90-minute introduction (“Many Faces of Autism”)
  • • Toddler and preschool age
  • • School age
  • • Transition age.
  • It includes the following features to support online learning:

  • • Closed captioning and interactive transcripts
  • • Comprehension checks
  • • Continuing education credit
  • • Optional note-taking tool
  • • Searchable glossary and reference sections.
  • How to complete

    The ASD Strategies in Action course series is available through the Autism Certification Center.

    A provider may access the 90-minute introduction without a subscription. To access the other three courses, the provider must have a subscription. To receive a free subscription, contact the EIDBI training coordinator at

    Level III providers only are required to take the 90-minute introduction training and one of the additional modules. The Level III provider or his/her agency may choose the appropriate module that best suits the population with which the provider works or supports:

    • Toddlers and preschoolers

    • Elementary and middle school students

    • Young adults in transition.

    Alternative for CTSS provider agencies

    DHS no longer will accept new submissions for alternative Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) provider agency training curriculum.

    Up until March 1, 2018, an EIDBI provider agency that is also an MHCP-enrolled CTSS provider agency may have substituted a similar training for the ASD Strategies in Action online course series. That already-approved, alternative training curriculum fulfills this training requirement for staff hired before June 30, 2018.

    All EIDBI Level III providers hired after June 30, 2018, must complete the ASD Strategies in Action training as a part of the EIDBI individual provider training requirements. After June 30, 2018, DHS will not accept an alternative CTSS training curriculum to fulfill this requirement.

    EIDBI 101

    DHS is currently working to develop an updated EIDBI 101 training online for providers, community members, counties and tribal nations. Current individual EIDBI providers are not required to take this course until it is available online.

    Multicultural competence training

    DHS is currently working to develop this training on culturally appropriate service delivery online and in multiple languages so it can be available statewide.

    What it covers

    The goal of the multicultural competence training is to help EIDBI providers be aware of and responsive to the needs of people from ethnically diverse communities.

    The training covers:

  • • History and resettlement experiences of Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee populations
  • • Health issues in countries of origin of Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee populations
  • • Overview of cultural norms, including language, perceptions and beliefs related to ASD and related conditions, religion and traditional treatments
  • • Diverse child-rearing practices, family dynamics and decision-making roles
  • • How to build trust and partnerships with families and caregivers
  • • How to communicate and work with caregivers and interpreters
  • • Cultural barriers that impede access to services and resources
  • • Considerations when planning to provide EIDBI services in the home.
  • How to complete

    DHS’ multicultural training and outreach coordinator provides this training in person. To request and schedule the multicultural competence training, contact the EIDBI training coordinator at

    Behavior assessment and planning with evidence-based interventions online training

    A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to implement Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), one of the DHS-recognized treatment modalities (see EIDBI – Treatment modalities – Providers).

    DHS is offering a limited amount of seats for Level III providers to take courses that meet the Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) online training task list requirements outlined by BACB (see BACB – RBT task list).The online training is offered independently of the BACB.

    What it covers

    The training provides a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of how to use functional behavior assessment and positive behavioral intervention planning to decrease interfering behaviors and teach new skills.

    The training covers:

  • • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related conditions
  • • Recognition of functions of behavior and implementation of positive behavior support plans
  • • Skill-acquisition procedures
  • • Interfering or unwanted behavior reduction
  • • Data collection and measurement
  • • Documentation and reporting practices
  • • Ethics and professional practices
  • • Interviews with other professionals working in the ASD field
  • • Perspectives from people on the spectrum
  • • Examples of treatments in home, school and community settings.
  • How to complete

    To receive login access, contact the EIDBI training coordinator at

    Time limitation

    After you accept the training invitation from the EIDBI training coordinator, you have a 180-day window to access it. You must complete the training within 180 days to meet the RBT requirements set by BACB. If the online training expires before you complete the 40 hours of training, you cannot receive an extension because you did not meet the requirements. To learn about additional requirements, see BACB – RBT training requirements.

    Additional resources

    BACB – Registered Behavioral Technician task list
    BACB – Registered Behavioral Technician training requirements

    CountyLink – Children’s mental health training information

    DHS – Minnesota Health Care Programs enrolled agency and individual provider training – Additional EIDBI trainings

    EIDBI – Overview of training for EIDBI providers

    Minnesota Council on Developmental Disabilities – Positive behavior supports

    TrainLink – Disability Services Division training news and information

    UMN Center for Neurobehavioral Development – Autism assessment training

    UMN Department of Pediatrics – ADOS training

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