START National Advisory Council

The mission of the Advisory Council is three-fold:

  • To help establish a working relationship between START programs and Learning Communities across the nation;

  • To review outcomes associated with the model and associated approaches, and help transition START from evidence-informed practice to evidence-based practice; and

  • To explore plans for long-term financial sustainability of the START model by working with Managed Care Organizations, CMS, and other federal agencies, state authorities, and important partners. 

START National Advisory Council Members

  • Eileen Elias (Council Facilitator), Director Disability Services Center and Senior Policy Advisor, JBS International

Center for START Services Members

  • Joan Beasley, PhD (Co-Chair), Director, Center for START Services

  • Linda Bimbo, Interim, Acting Director, Institute on Disability/UCED, University of New Hampshire, Concord, NH

  • Andrea Caoili, LCSW, Director of Quality Assurance, Center for START Services

  • Jill Hinton, PhD, Clinical Director, Center for START Services

  • Karen Weigle, PhD  (Co-Chair), Associate Director, Center for START Services

Current Members