STARTING POINT: New York START Long Island Region 5 Program Launch

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Mary Ann Allsop at the Center for START Services.


Phone: (603) 228-2085 ext 23

Event Location: 

Picture of Robert BuddRobert S. Budd, MPS

Robert S. Budd is the Chief Executive Officer of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). He is a vision driven, results orientated leader with extensive experience as a consensus builder, program developer, operations manager, trouble-shooter, management trainer and consultant. He has over 30 years of progressive leadership experience successfully interacting and negotiating with Federal, State and County agencies. Mr. Budd joined FREE in 1985 and has held key operations positions including Chief Administrative Officer, Associate Executive Director and Director of Quality Assurance and Education and Training. Mr. Budd was named Chief Executive Officer in 2008. He played a key leadership role in expansion of the organization from an annual budget of $1 million in 1985, serving forty-five individuals to a network of organizations providing over $100 million of services in 2014. Today, the network serves over 3,500 individuals annually in community living opportunities, vocational and clinical programs on Long Island.


Picture of Camille LivingstonCamille Livingston, MA

Ms. Camille Livingston has been employed in the field of nonprofit human services for 19 years, she holds a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with CRC accreditation. In addition she is currently pursuing her PhD in Business Management with a specialization in Leadership. Ms. Livingston has a progressive broad based knowledge of supports and services provided through OPWDD, the TBI Waiver Program and OMH through her expansive work history ranging from Direct Care Counselor to a Senior Administrator. Ms. Livingston currently utilizes her skill set as the appointed Director of the Long Island START team.

Photo of Karen WeigleKaren Weigle, PhD

Dr. Karen Weigle is a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience working with people with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities and their families. She has extensive experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team and in several medical specialty clinics and wards, and has provided assessment and intervention services in a variety of contexts including in-home, school-based, clinic-based, agency-based, hospital-based, and community crisis response. She has previously directed or co-directed programs that provide services spanning East Tennessee and oversight of a large number of service providers. Dr. Weigle has experience in training family practice and medical specialty residents, special educators, community-based services providers, families, Early Intervention Specialists, and laypersons. Her teaching experience varies from undergraduate psychology courses to special education graduate-level seminars. Dr. Weigle is currently the Associate Director for the Center for START Services as well as the co-founder/Director of the Chattanooga Autism Center in Chattanooga, TN.


New York START is a crisis prevention and response program for individuals with Intellectual/Develpmental Disabilities and co-occuring behavioral health needs. Long  Island will be the fourth area in the state to launch this program. This launch conference will provide an overview of the START Model, information regarding statewide implementation and specifics about Regions 5's progress and plans. It will also include training conducted by leaders in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 

The Center for START Services, University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability UCED has been approved by NBCC for NBCC Credit. The Center for START Services, University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability UCED is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval Number: SP-3009.

Program Details

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Location: Stonebridge Country Club, 2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, NY
Time: 9:00am-3:30PM(Registration begins at 8:00am)
Registration Fee: $75 (Continental breakfast, lunch, and materials will be provided).
Registration Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018
Professional Development: Attendees will be eligible to receive 4 NY Social Work contact hours and 4 University of New Hampshire CEU's at no cost and 2 NBCC credits for a fee
Who should Attend: Mental Health Service providers, IDD Service Providers, Emergency Response Clinicians & Programs, Self-Advocates, Family Members of People with IDD/MH, LI START community partners and all other interested community stakeholders


9:00 am

Welcome/ Overview of START Model
Joan Beasley, PhD, Director Center for START Services

9:45 am

Update on NY START Statewide Implementation
Kate Bishop, MPA, OPWDD Director of Health and Community Supports

10:45 am

Update on NY START Region 5 (Long Island)
Camille Livingston, MA, NY START Region 5 Program Director; and Robert Budd, CEO of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE)

12:00 pm

Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm

Mental Health and ASD: Common Conditions, Unique Considerations, and Effective Interventions
Karen Weigle, Ph.D, Associate Director Center for START Services

3:00 pm

Wrap Up and Questions

About the Presenters

Photo of Joan Beasley Joan B. Beasley, PhD

Dr. Beasley is the Director of the Center for START Services at the UNH Institute on Disability. START is a nationally recognized best practice model for children and adults with IDD and mental health support needs implemented across the U.S. Dr. Beasley is the author and co-founder of the START program, first implemented in 1988, and has worked to promote the development of effective services for people with disabilities and their families for more than 35 years. Dr. Beasley has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has provided training throughout the US. She serves is co-chair of the Behavioral Health Special Interest Group of AUCD. Dr. Beasley is a licensed mental health counselor and holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University.


Picture of Kate BishopKate Bishop, MPA

Kate Bishop has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for more than 30 years beginning her career in direct support and family support positions. Kate worked for NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities in the Division of Quality Assurance for 17 years.  Kate came to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in 2006 where she served as both Deputy Director and Director at Capital District DDSO. Kate transitioned to OPWDD Central Office in 2011 to work on planning and implementation for the People First Waiver and her current position is Director of Program Development in the Division of Person Centered Supports.  Areas of primary focus for Kate have been the development and implementation of the Coordinated Assessment System (CAS), the implementation of START Crisis Prevention and Response services and the redesign and growth focused activities for Self Direction. Kate also provides ongoing supervision for Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) and Person Centered Planning activities.