START Team Accreditation Options

While the primary mission is to support fully certified START programs, there are various options for accreditation through the National Center for START Services. In order to become a Certified START Program, fidelity to the START Model must occur. This involves active engagement of all stakeholders in the community system. Programs can also be accredited as a "Quality Program Based on the START Model". These programs have many of the elements of a fully certified START team, but adhere to different programmatic expectations that do not meet fidelity to the START model. The third option is to be a member of the National Professional Learning Community. Active members of the START PLC Network Providers participate in a one-year training for trainers and remain in good standing as active members of the National PLC. These are outlined in the table below and described in greater detail following.

 

START Elements

START Network PLC Provider

(approved PLC provider)

Quality program based on the START model

(approved program provider)

Certified START Program

(full program certification)

START program name

 

 

X

Development and Implementation time expected (in years) until approved

1

3

4

Training for Trainers

X

X

X

START Coordinator Certification

 

X

X

Population served MH/IDD adults and or children

X

X

X

Staffing and job descriptions meet fidelity to the model

 

 

X

Provides CETs and other trainings

 

X

X

Active participation in the PLC

X

X

X

Therapeutic groups and positive psychology

 

X

X

SIRS collection and reporting

 

 

X

Meets fidelity to the START model tertiary care approach

 

optional

X

Annual QA visits and training from National START

X

X

X

START Fidelity Policies and practices supported by stakeholders and funding sources

 

optional

X

24 hour mobile crisis response

 

optional

X

Stakeholder Advisory Council

X

X

X

Resource Center and in-home supports meet fidelity to the model

 

optional

X

Linkages with stakeholders and community partners

X

X

X

Surveys with regard to program and training quality

X

X

X

 

Certified START Programs meet all fidelity requirements outlined in the table above. Program Certification is the highest level of accreditation. Certified START programs have demonstrated exemplary knowledge of, and service to people with IDD and MH needs and their families. They have a Network of partners and active involvement with community stakeholders. They actively collect and report data into the SIRS system, and use it to make individual and programmatic decisions. Their partnership with the National team helps to improve the START Model as a whole. All research with regard to promotion of evidence-based practice is based on the work of certified START teams. This takes approximately four years to complete, followed by annual QA reviews, ongoing participation in the PLC, and SIRS reviews at least quarterly.

Program based on the START Model (quality clinical services approved program provider, not a START program): At the onset of the work with the National center the provider and the national team will work jointly to design a program that meets the goals of local funding sources and stakeholders, with elements based on the START Model. All programs based on the START model employ an approach that fits the philosophy and practices of Certified START programs. Linkage coordinators will be START certified. Active and ongoing participation with the PLC is required. Program design and implementation takes approximately three years to complete, followed by annual QA reviews of START Coordination, training and clinical practices. Active participation with the National PLC is also required.

START Network PLC Provider (approved PLC provider): Accredited PLC providers will be required to demonstrate participation in the Professional Learning Community and be committed to the principles and practices of the PLC. This includes ongoing training, learning and community capacity building. The initial training for trainers in preparation for PLC implementation will take one year to complete. Members of the PLC will be expected to continue with the process. Quality assurance reviews, including assessment of outcomes associated with training provided, will occur annually. Active participation in the National PLC is required.