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Project START+ Classroom Training

During this Training Agency staff attending this skills-based training will learn how to conduct the intervention, practice intervention delivery skills, and identify agency-specific implementation strategies. All program staff who will have primary responsibility for conducting the Project START+ individual sessions must attend a Project START+ TOF. Program supervisors who oversee the intervention and supervise counselors/case managers/navigators are also encouraged to attend the training.

Priority will be given to training applicants who have the agency capacity to implement Project START+ and two staff members who meet the requirements listed below under Project START+ staffing. However, if space allows, an additional staff member from a qualified agency will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Project START+ Staffing

Staff should be familiar with HIV/STD/hepatitis linkage to care and risk-reduction programs for people with HIV and the specific needs of people with HIV who are returning to the community after incarceration (i.e., parole/probation, housing, substance use disorder prevention and treatment, and mental health issues). Staff must be comfortable working in a correctional facility setting and have personal characteristics that facilitate communication (e.g., nonjudgmental attitude, active listening skills, friendly, outgoing and trustworthy personality). Project START+ requires the following positions:


  • 1 full-time (or 2 half-time) experienced counselor(s), case manager(s) or navigator(s) to conduct all the direct-service intervention activities.
  • 1 part-time (40% time) program manager to provide program oversight, work as a liaison to the correctional facility, and oversee quality assurance and evaluation activities. 
  • 1 part-time (20% time) program assistant to provide administrative support for all staff and maintain an up-to-date facilitated referral database and community resource guides.

A note about program staff who were formerly incarcerated: These staff members have many important skills to offer a successful Project START+ program but may also have a difficult time obtaining a security clearance to enter the correctional facility. CBOs must first check the correctional facility's policy on criminal backgrounds, incarceration, and clearance before posting positions. 

How to request a training

If you are a health department, clinic or community-based organization funded by CDC to implement an evidence-based intervention or public health strategy, please submit a training request through the CDC Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Tracking System (CTS). If CDC does not fund your agency to implement an evidence-based intervention or public health strategy, please contact your state health department so that they can submit a request for training on your behalf.  

Capacity Building Branch:    Phone: 404.718.7850    E-mail:
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