ArkSTART At A Glance

The START Program in Arkansas is currently implemented in these areas:

  • Arkansas START (Little Rock Cooperative Program)

Partners for Inclusive Communities

ArkSTART is a division of Partners for Inclusive Communities (Partners), Arkansas’ University Center on Disabilities.

4th Annual Arkansas Conference

ArkSTART is excited to announce the details of the 4th Annual Arkansas Conference on Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities.


Theme: Trauma-Con: Trauma's Impact on Mind, Body, and Behavior
Date: June 28, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn-West Little Rock


Karyn Harvey, PhDDr. Harvey is an expert on trauma in persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Harvey is the author of Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions: What Works and What Doesn’t. A psychologist with over 25 years of experience, Harvey is currently the Assistant Executive Director of Clinical Support at The Arc Baltimore. Harvey will present two separate sessions concerning trauma and trauma-informed care interventions.

Travis Langley, PhDDr. Langley is a Professor of Psychology at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. His work frequently deals with the psychology behind society’s favorite series, and he has written books on the psychology behind Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Dr. Who. Over 100,000 follow him on Twitter, where he ranks among the ten most popular psychologists as @Superherologist. Langley will address trauma, PTSD, and post-traumatic growth as observed in popular culture.

Leslie Smith, MDDr. Leslie Smith is the ArkSTART Medical Director and the Executive Director of the GAIN program, an assertive community treatment program. Dr. Smith also owns a private practice psychiatric clinic in Little Rock. Drawing from his extensive experience treating individuals that have dual diagnoses, Smith will host discussion on trauma in these populations.

Mission Statement

ArkSTART facilitates collaboration among individuals, families, and providers to prevent crisis situations and improve quality of life for people with developmental disabilities & behavioral health needs.

Clinical Statement

Arkansas START (ArkSTART) strives to enhance care and service provision by facilitating systemic collaboration, resource linkages, and information sharing, using evidence-based practices to effectively support individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs, thereby improving service outcomes and quality of life.

ARKSTART Documentary: Keeping Families Together

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.



You may also find (and download) the complete film here on Vimeo

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