Newest START Program Kicks off in Long Island (NY START Region 5)


Last week, the NY START Long Island team and Center for START Services Project Facilitators (Dr. Jill Hinton, Dr. Joan Beasley, and Robert Scholz) met together in Old Bethpage, NY for a two-day introductory forum to get to know each-other, review the newly developed START Leadership Handbook on program development, and review the team's initial action plan.

Long Island, New York START Program team photo

On day two, each member of the Long Island New York START team was asked how the information about the START model related to their personal goals as members of the team, along with concepts presented that resonated with their personal and professional values. Below is the result of this discussion:

  • LI/NYSTART values treating people with humanity. They are our family members. We are community organizers, working in partnership, while bringing oxygen to systems in need, with humor and joy in the work. In doing our work we value the opportunity to learn and grow, being paid to think and develop a community of practice.
  • LI/NYSTART coordinators are motivated storytellers who value positive engagement, humility, being informed, teamwork and our collective intelligence. We will do our homework, demonstrate our leadership, and stay informed.
  • LI/NY START values cohesive bonds and being part of a national network, making a contribution, joining with others, modeling, research and data analysis.  Making the community a better place, through outreach, action focused, supportive, collaborative endeavors. As lifelong learners we welcome multiple perspectives, innovation and the ability to make a contribution.
  • LI/NYSTART will work to overcome the concept of "thinking outside the box" as the goal is to expand and become the box, the way in which we support people with IDD and mental health needs. While we are learning what to do, we will also focus on the how and the why in order to be successful.

(Summary presented by Dr. Beasley)

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