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.
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