FY19 Annual Report Released
2019 was another year of expansion in START program development, research, publication and training across the country. In addition, more than 10,000 children and adults with IDD-MH have received services and supports through the START Network, and 280 START coordinators have been certified. We are delighted that California START has begun, and work to develop Maryland START has begun, and are looking forward to what lays ahead.
We continue to learn from evaluation of START services and supports provided, as well as the ever expanding network dedicated to improving the lives of people with IDD who receive mental health services and their families through our collaborative forums and practice groups. We have begun the development of the Prescribers guide funded through a WITH grant with the help of the MD practice group hosted by Dartmouth Medical School.
We have seen the growing influence of rigorous clinical practices combined and positive psychology on us all. We want to thank you all for being a part of this journey, especially the people with lived experiences and their families who have enhanced our capacity in the words of Maya Angelou to “know better and when we know better, to do better”.
Joan B. Beasley, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Director, Center for START Services
Institute on Disability/UCED
University of New Hampshire