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Research & Evaluation

START Research Committee

The mission of the Research Committee is to advance research efforts that seek to improve the lives of individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and behavioral health needs and their families.

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START Information and Reporting System (SIRS)

The START model relies on data to provide feedback to stakeholders and to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of START services. The START Information and Reporting System (SIRS) database captures de-identified health, demographic and service information about START service users across the country and has the ability to provide stakeholders with customized reporting by caseload, region and state. SIRS allows for the analysis of service outcomes for START users and provides valuable information on service effectiveness over time for decision makers. 

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Service System Analyses

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.

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