START is an evidence-based, community crisis prevention and intervention service model for individuals aged 6 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and mental health needs (IDD-MH). The START model is person-centered and solutions-focused, employing positive psychology approaches and other evidence-based practices. 

START Guiding Principles - A flower-like venn diagram. The center is START guiding principles, with the following outside circles: strengths-based positive psychology, wellness-based, biopsychosocial, trauma-informed, cultural competence, and person & family centered.

Guiding Principles

Each of START’s guiding principles are identified in literature as best practices. Each service, tool, and intervention endorsed by START is designed with these principles in mind:

  • Positive Psychology & Strengths-Based Practice
  • Person and Family-Centered
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Biopsychosocial Approach
  • Wellness-Based

Learn more about START's guiding principles