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Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Pam Flaherty, a leader of educational programs that include students with disabilities, has been named executive director of the National Center for START Services (NCSS) at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (IOD), Read More
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
NCSS is pleased to announce that Clinical Director Jill Hinton, PhD, and Chief Medical Advisor Jennifer McLaren, MD, have been accepted to speak at the AACAP/CACAP Annual Meeting, the world’s premier gathering of child and adolescent Read More
As We See It TV Show
Monday, April 11, 2022
  By Melanie Hecker, MPA Autistic representation in media can often be a difficult topic for autistic people. The autistic community will often discuss how good, accurate depictions of autistic individuals in media are rare. Autistic Read More
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
  By Melanie Hecker, MPA This month, April, is Autism Acceptance Month. Autism Acceptance Month’s goal is not only to recognize the struggles autistic people go through in our day-to-day lives, but to also highlight that these Read More
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  By Melanie Hecker, MPA  People with developmental and intellectual disabilities can face many unique challenges in the workplace. Difficulties with understanding directions, navigating the social aspects of the workplace, keeping Read More
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
  by Melanie Hecker, MPA In our last article, we described how it is damaging for Direct Service Providers (DSPs) to view their role as one of discipline and authority. As an alternative to this viewpoint, we proposed DSPs instead view Read More
Monday, August 16, 2021
  DURHAM, NH – Dr. Joan B. Beasley and a research team from the Center for START Services at the Institute on Disability (IOD) at UNH has been approved for a $4.86 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Read More
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
  by Melanie Hecker, MPA Imagine there are two advertisements for Direct Support Professional positions. One posting reads “Looking for full-time Direct Support Professional to be an authority over developmentally disabled clients. Read More
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
  The CA START Alta team took home the first place research poster prize this week at the Virtual 2021 START National Training Institute's Research Poster Session. The poster, authored by Jana Cooper, AMFT, and Noemi Beck- Read More
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
  The first edition of Integrated Mental Health Treatment Guidelines for Prescribers in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (referred to as the IDD-MH Prescriber Guidelines herein), is now available as an online resource and Read More
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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Rise to Work: An Insider’s Look at Disabilities and Employment is a blog published by TennesseeWorks, a collaboration supported in part by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  Read More
Friday, November 13, 2020
  In celebration of Family Caregiver month, the Center for START Services is pleased to share a recent peer reviewed publication on family caregiver experiences published in the journal Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  Read More
Friday, October 30, 2020
  The second annual meeting of the National Research Consortium on Mental Health in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (NRC) was held virtually on October 21st and was attended by board members and research partners from across Read More
California START
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
  The Center for START Services would like to announce the establishment of 4 new START Programs in the state of California and the expansion of the existing START programs in San Andreas and San Diego to the entire regional center service Read More
Friday, July 10, 2020
  A note from CSS Clinical Director, Dr. Jill Hinton This month was first recognized in 2008 as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.  We are honoring her work through recognizing BIPOC (Black, Read More
Friday, June 19, 2020
  Today we are observing Juneteenth, the day in 1865 that enslaved African Americans in Texas learned of their emancipation from slavery. This was followed 6 months later by the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution on December 6th, 1865 Read More
Friday, May 15, 2020
  Download the FY19 CSS Annual Report Directors Foreword 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 Read More
Friday, May 1, 2020
  Reconciling the Past & Changing the Future: Engaging Young Adults with IDD-MH and Researchers in CER The Center for START Services is pleased to announce a new project funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute ( Read More
Friday, April 10, 2020
  From TX START Director Hannah Bednar: Immediately following the news that one of our team members was presumptive positive with COVID-19, the Resource Center in Tarrant County closed its doors to any guests, planned or emergency. The Read More
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  The WITH Foundation awards $320,000 to promote comprehensive and accessible healthcare The Center for START Services is one of five organizations nationwide who were awarded a one-year grant from the WITH Foundation Read More
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
What Do NCI Data Reveal About People Who Are Dual Diagnosed with ID and Mental Illness?   "State Promising Practices - NYSTART is one approach used to provide supports and services to people with a dual diagnosis in New York. Read More
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
SAN JOSE, California, July 8, 2019 – Two large nonprofits from different sides of the country have joined to pilot a cutting-edge crisis support model for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), in San Jose. Read More
Thursday, April 11, 2019
  We are delighted to announce the release of the Center for START Services' first annual report. The last year has been another exciting period of growth and achievement, as we have continued to support existing START programs across Read More
Monday, February 18, 2019
On Friday February 15th, 2019 the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) included a full page article about the START Model and the Center for START Services in their weekly national newsletter. Read the NASMHPD Read More
Friday, February 8, 2019
On Thursday February 7th, 2019, Dr. Beasley presented to the National Association of State Directors of Disabilities Services alongside Dr. Josh Berezin and Kate Bishop from New York State. The presentation, entitled "Effective Assessment Read More
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Monday, January 14, 2019
We're pleased to share that a new START study by Luke Kalb, PhD, Joan Beasley, PhD, Andrea Caoili, LCSW, and Ann Klein, MA was published in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Improvement in Mental Health Read More
picture of a research poster
Monday, November 12, 2018
Center for START Services Director Joan Bealsey presented a poster at the annual Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference in Washington, DC last week. The findings featured in the poster suggest that START methods may help Read More
Andrea Caoili and Jill Hinton seated at a table next to their trifold research poster
Monday, November 5, 2018
Several members of the Center for START Services national team attended and presented last week at the 35th Annual NADD Conference "Dancing in the Rain: Embracing Life Through the Prism of Neurodiversity". Dr. Beasley presented a pre- Read More
Friday, October 19, 2018
On Thursday October 11th around 1:30 in the afternoon, START Counselors Naquita Gregory, Shaquawn Ramsey, and Candace Heaggans were sitting together with two guests in the living room of the NC START West Resource Center in Statesville, NC as Read More
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Following a comprehensive systems analysis, Oklahoma has launched a START coordination pilot for children and their families which kicked-off on October 2nd and 3rd in Norman, OK. The team of coordinators are partnering with their local children Read More
Monday, July 9, 2018
We are sharing a press release from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) about a recent decision made by a family court judge in Massachusetts to allow a school in Canton, MA to continue administering electric shocks to Read More
Friday, June 29, 2018
  Dr. Joan Beasley was invited to speak about START on a community inclusion panel at the 2018 Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress which took place in Birmingham, England this week. During the panel, which focused on the Read More
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Fort Worth, Texas Texas START – Tarrant demonstrated a thorough understanding of the tertiary care model and embrace a positive psychology, strength-based approach to all of their work as a START team. It was a delight to see their progress Read More
Monday, May 14, 2018
  On Tuesday May 8, 2018, Dr. David Satcher was awarded the William I Gardner Award, the Center for START Service’s highest honor. The Garner award recognizes a national leader who has made significant contributions in the effort Read More
Picture of the Arkansas Team Members
Thursday, May 3, 2018
The Center for START Services is pleased to announce that the ArkSTART program has earned their 2-Year Lifespan Clinical Team Program Certification. This team has demonstrated persistence and commitment to the START model and serving people and Read More
Friday, April 13, 2018
  On Wednesday April 11th, the NY START Region 5 (Long Island) team hosted their program launch training event in Smithtown, New York. The launch featured Center for START Services Director, Dr. Joan Beasley, OPWDD Director of Health and Read More
Friday, March 9, 2018
Elizabeth Wise, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Geriatric Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, and Calliope Holingue, MPH, PhD Candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health & START Research Committee member, recently received funding from Read More
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Along with partners from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities Regional Office, Services for the UnderServed celebrated the opening of our NYSTART Richmond Kings Therapeutic Read More
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Dr. Joan Beasley has been invited by AUCD to participate on the advisory board for project called Building a national partnership to identify the mental health priorities of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (YA with I/DD Read More
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
On October 3rd, a group of eight social workers from South Korea met with Beth Grosso and Bob Scholz from the Center for START Services at our office in Concord, NH to learn about the START Program. The group is part of a large initiative " Read More
Long Island, New York START Program Team Photo
Friday, August 4, 2017
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- Read More
Hawaii PLC
Friday, July 14, 2017
  Dr. Karen Weigle presents in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 30, 2017 On June 30, 2017, Hawaii's START Professional Learning Community (PLC) concluded after a two day in-person training in Honolulu with Dr. Karen Weigle, Associate Director Read More
Tarrant County START Certification Group Picture
Thursday, June 22, 2017
  Today Tarrant County START (Texas) became a Certified Lifespan Program. The perseverance, dedication, and commitment demonstrated by the Tarrant County START team exemplifies the mission and values of START. Congratulations to the Read More
ArkSTART director Whitney Emerson receives certificate during START program certification ceremony
Thursday, May 11, 2017
  Today was an exciting day in Arkansas. Great to see that senior state officials are supportive of the program. Congratulations ArkSTART on becoming a Certified START Clinical Team.     Whitney Emerson, ArkSTART Read More
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  "The El Paso START team achieved Clinical Program Certification last week on 2/23/17, just three years after the team’s formation. The team is funded through 1115 waiver and has quickly become well-established in their local Read More
Friday, October 14, 2016
New Agreement Will Secure Services for NC Children with Complex Behavioral Health Needs RALEIGH, October 14, 2016—Hundreds of children in North Carolina with complex needs—a developmental or intellectual disability plus a mental Read More
Friday, October 7, 2016
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently cited the Center for START Services as a resource in their "Monthly Minute" newsletter. The September newsletter focused on co-occurring developmental and Read More
Friday, July 15, 2016
New York State OPWDD was invited to participate in a recent roundtable workshop sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) Institute of Medicine to showcase START as a best practice. The Workshop, entitled People Read More
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The newly released 3rd edition of Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan features a chapter entitled, "Diagnostic, Treatment and Service Considerations to Address Challenging Behavior: A Read More
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Dr. Joan Beasley, Director of the Center for START Services, will be presenting on START at this year's IAC (Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies) Conference: Navigating a Sea of Change, June 9th-10th, 2016 at the CUNY Read More
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Dr Leslie Rubin, a trainer and consultant for the national START Network, receives the Georgia Autism Achievement Award for his work in clinical practice, training and advocacy related to autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Read Read More
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Public Health Minute (PHM) is hosted by Dr. William Latimer, Professor and Dean at The Lehman College of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing at The City University of New York (CUNY). It is co-sponsored by the Lehman School of Health Read More
Monday, August 24, 2015
Luke Kalb, a Ph.D. student from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, recently received the National Institute of Health’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Read More
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Center for START Services is pleased to announce that NC START West has become a Certified START Program in the United States. START Program Certification demonstrates that the Program has maintained fidelity to the mission and values of START. Read More
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The Center for START Services is pleased to announce that NC START East is the second Certified START Program in the United States. START Program Certification demonstrates that the Program has maintained fidelity to the mission and values of START Read More
Thursday, March 5, 2015
This morning, our own Dr. Joan Beasley joined NHPR’s The Exchange program on the topic of assessment of New Hampshire's support system for individuals with disabilities. We received the following comment minutes after the broadcast aired Read More
Monday, February 16, 2015
Dan Habib’s short documentary film "Keeping Families Together" tells the stories of two families whose lives have been transformed with help from ArkSTART and its partner organizations. Watch the film here: https://www. Read More
Thursday, January 15, 2015
START Program Certification demonstrates that the Program has maintained fidelity to the mission and values of START. This has been verified through the use and mastery of evidence informed positive practices and systems linkage approaches. The Read More