National START Program Locations

START Program Certification

All START programs share the same core mission, values, principles, and practices. START programs are, first and foremost, learning communities in which data is collected, analyzed, shared, and used to inform clinical practice. Rigor is employed using evidence informed decision making (including the use of the START Information Reporting System [SIRS] database) to promote a network of continued learning and growth.

The National Center for START Services (NCSS) provides in-person and web-based support in the form of training, technical assistance, planning, and case consultation with the aim of providing support to all START programs. This ongoing technical assistance also includes regular quality assurance (QA) activities such as stakeholder interviews, document reviews, and SIRS data compliance evaluations. These activities typically occur during planned visits (on-site or virtual) to assure fidelity to the START model. Program Certification is part of this ongoing support and occurs during these planned visits when a program has completed all the initial training and is fully operating as a START Program.

In order to be a certified START program, the team must be trained, participate in data collection and reporting and effectively employ the methods of the START model.

Program Certification Options

While all START Programs have the same mission, the services they offer may vary. Therefore, there are different types of Program Certifications:

  • Clinical Team Plus (Lifespan, Adults Only, Children Only): A program certified in both clinical team services and therapeutic supports (resource center, therapeutic coaching or both) to either adults (age 18 and up), children (age 6-21), or lifespan (age 6 and up).
  • Clinical Team: A program certified in clinical team services only, serving adults, children, or lifespan.