START = Systemic, Therapeutic Assessment, Resources, and Treatment www.centerforstartservices.com

START is a systems-linkage approach to supports. The individuals who benefit from START have Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and behavioral health conditions or challenging behaviors that negatively affect their quality of life. The underlying philosophy of START is that services are most effective when everyone involved in supports and treatment is allowed to participate actively in treatment planning and service decisions. In order for this to occur, collaboration between service providers and with service users is needed.

START helps teams anticipate and prevent crisis and plan for what to do when it happens anyway.

START is not here to take over a person/system and “fix it”or “them,” but to work with teams to build bridges for stronger supports. START does not replace any member of the team, but enhances the system that already exists.

Driven by a person-centered approach in the context of the system of support, the START model offers proactive clinically-based consultation and training for crisis prevention and intervention.

Written inter-agency linkage agreements specifying roles and responsibilities of various agencies and providers
Comprehensive evaluation of service needs
Clinical education teams – we all learn together.
Standardized protocols for comprehensive crisis prevention and intervention assessments and plans that link mental health and I/DD providers

Comprehensive Systems & Services Evaluation
The first step in accessing START services is to undergo a comprehensive systems and services evaluation. Led by experts on the START model, evaluations provide a comprehensive overview of the systems of care in a region or state and illustrate where efficiencies, linkages, community involvement, and resources may be enhanced to strengthen service outcomes for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

Training & Consultation
Expert training and consultation is offered through the Center for START Services in a variety of ways to START projects across the nation. From online meetings and trainings to in-person consultation, experts in the intellectual/developmental disability field lead trainings and consultation sessions to build capacity and strengthen systems of care for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

Technical Support & Clinical Expertise
Driven by a person’s needs, the Center for START Services offers clinically-based technical support and expertise that focuses on the systemic, therapeutic, assessment, respite, and treatment options for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.