Education | Capacity Building | Research

The Center for START Services, developed in 2009, is a national initiative based at the University of New Hampshire 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

START (an acronym for Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) is a tertiary care research-based model of services and supports. While providing training, assessment and crisis intervention services, START services are implemented in the context of a comprehensive, systems linkage approach, to improve capacity in the system as a whole.

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