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Current Grant Funded Research Projects

Evaluation of the START Crisis Intervention and Prevention Program

Funder: National Institute of Child Health and Development
Description: The specific aims of the project are to conduct a prospective cohort study to examine one year pre-post changes in: 1) Individuals’ psychiatric symptoms (using the Aberrant Behavior Checklist; Aman, 1985); 2) caregivers’ perceived support from and access to mental health care for their dependent (assessed via the Family Experiences Interview Schedule; Tessler & Gamache, 1993); and, 3) psychiatric hospitalization rates. Building evidence around START holds important implications to improving outcomes for this population who face numerous challenges once they graduate from the educational system. 

Measuring the Impact of START Services Intervention on Emergency Room and Psychiatric Inpatient Use

Funder: Special Hope Foundation
Brief description: People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) and co-occurring behavioral health needs typically experience gaps in appropriate health services. The UNH Center for START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment) Services provides an array of services to meet the mental and physical health needs of people in this group. Overall, these services can reduce the need for crisis healthcare.  This quasi-experiment will compare Iowans with IDD and behavioral health needs receiving START services (intervention) with peers receiving usual care (control), examining the impact of START services on psychiatric emergency room (ER) visits and inpatient psychiatric stays.  

View our START Research & Publications flyer as a pdf

Community Service System Analysis Projects

Brief description: Analyses designed to assess the effectiveness of a region’s community system of care in addressing the needs of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health conditions. Multiple methods are utilized including the review of mental health expenditures, focus groups, online surveys and telephonic family caregiver interviews. Recommendations for improved service effectiveness are offered to the state or region following the analyses.


  • The State of Indiana

  • New York City (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and Bronx), New York

  • Long Island (Sussex and Nassau counties), New York

Current Analyses: Children's Service System Analysis for the state of North Carolina.