Education | Capacity Building | Research

The Center for START Services, developed in 2009, is a national initiative based at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability/UCED that provides educational and capacity building services, promotes and evaluates evidence-informed practices and approaches, and facilitates START model program implementation across the United States with the aim of improving the lives of individuals with IDD and behavioral health needs.

Family Testimonial

"Thanks again for advocating on behalf of Mary. It is difficult for us to convey how deeply humbled and grateful we are by your advocacy and action on behalf of Mary and others who have no voice in our society.  The willingness to allocate significant and scarce resources is appreciated by this family on behalf of our daughter whose diagnosis creates so many difficulties in her life."

- Parents of individual receiving START Services in Iowa

The START Model

The START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) tertiary care model is a systems linkage approach to effective services and supports for people diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring behavioral health conditions. This comprehensive, evidence-informed model optimizes independence, wellness, and community living.

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