The START Awards provide an opportunity to recognize members of the START Network for their exceptional leadership and significant contributions toward improving service outcomes for individuals with IDD and behavioral health challenges and enhancing the capacity of the system as a whole. The Center for START Services will present 2017 START Awards during the 2017 START National Training Institute Awards Dinner at 6:00pm on Monday, May 1.
The William I. Gardner National START Award
The Center for START Services developed a National START Award in honor of the late Dr. William I. Gardner, a beloved mentor, friend, and member of the START National Training Team who passed away in 2014. The William I. Gardner Award is START’s highest honor, recognizing a professional who has made significant contributions in the effort to improve the lives of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges. The recipient exemplifies the START mission of increasing expertise in the system.
START Team Member Awards
The START Team Member Awards recognize START professionals who demonstrate a thorough understanding of the START model and have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life for people supported through START. Recipients exemplify the START philosophy of positive engagement with individuals, families, and the service system. Three awards will be presented to START program members from the following teams:
Resource Center/In-Home Supports Teams
Case Management/Service Coordination Award
This award recognizes a case manager or service coordinator who has worked closely and positively with a START team to improve the system of support for individuals with IDD and behavioral health challenges. The recipient recognizes the importance of collaborative, systemic work between START teams, and case management/service coordination in the system.
START Network Partner Award
This award recognizes two network partner for their significant contribution, in collaboration with a START team, to improving the system of support for adults and children with IDD and behavioral health challenges. The recipients (individuals or organizations) embody the core START concept of enhancing the capacity of the system. Two awards will be presented: one for a children's services and one for adult services.
Past Award Recipients
The William I. Gardner National START Award:
- Dr. Robert J. Fletcher, the founder of NADD, for his significant contributions to the improvement of clinical practice for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health challenges (2016)
START Network Partner Award:
Julie Lago, LICSW, Clinical Supervisor, Center for Life Management, New Hampshire (2016)
Case Management/Service Coordination Award:
- Tena Bennett, Case Manager, Elizabeth Richardson Center, Springdale, Arkansas (2016)
The START Team Member Awards
Steve Tuzo, Resource Center Director, NC START East (2016)
Karen Collins, Team Leader, NY START Region 1 (2016)
Dr. Roberto Blanco, Medical Director, NC Central START (2016)
Special Recognition Awards
Vivian Leon, founding member of North Carolina START (2016)
Dr. Anne Hurley, founding member of National START (2016)