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 SIRS database) to promote a network of continued learning and growth.

The Center for START Services (CSS) 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 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 on-going support and occurs during these planned visits when a program has completed all the initial training and is fully operating as a START Program.

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:

  • Full Program Certification (Lifespan, Adults Only, Children Only): A program that provides clinical team services and therapeutic supports (resource center or both resource center and therapeutic coaching) to either adults (age 18 and up), children (age 6-21) or lifespan (age 6 and up).
  • Clinical Team Certification: A program that provides clinical team services only, serving adults, children or lifespan. If a program provides therapeutic coaching but does not have a resource center, STC may also be reviewed as part of the clinical team certification.