START Program Network Options

Certified START Program
Full fidelity to the START Model

Certified START Programs meet all fidelity requirements outlined in the table below. Certified START program team members demonstrate exemplary knowledge of, and service to people with IDD and MH needs and their systems. They have a network of partners and active involvement with community stakeholders. They actively collect and report data in the SIRS database, and use it to make individual and programmatic decisions. Their partnership with the Center for START Services 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. Obtaining program certification typically takes 4 years to complete, followed by continuous SIRS data entry and analysis, annual QA reviews, certification renewal, and ongoing participation in the START Network.

START Network Partner
Quality clinical services approved program provider, not a START program

The Center for START Services will collaborates with the service provider 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 adheres to the philosophy and practices of START and may include training and/or coordinator certification. Program design and implementation typically take 3 years and is followed by annual QA reviews of coordination, training, and clinical practices to ensure adherence to START endorsed principles, approaches, and assessments.

START Professional Learning Community (PLC)

A START National Professional Learning Community (PLC) does not allow for approval or accreditation, but does enable states and/or regions to learn more about the mental health aspects of intellectual/developmental disabilities, best practices in the field, and strategies to apply such practices. 


START Program Certification Elements

The tables below outline elements of the START model and the requirements for Certified START Programs, START Network Providers and START Professional Learning Communities (PLC). Additional information regarding each of these elements can be found in the START Overview.

START Clinical Team

 

Certified START Program

START Network Partner

START PLC

Applies START evidence-based practices with fidelity to the model

X

 

 

Applies philosophies and approaches of the START model

X

X

 

Has access to START trainings & curricula

X

X

X

Enters data into the SIRS database and has access to data

X

 

 

Certifies all START coordinators and program leadership

X

Optional

 

Uses START endorsed assessment tools

X

Optional

 

Participates in national START research initiatives

X

 

 

Receives ongoing TA and QA support from  the Center

X

Optional

 

Provides 24 hour crisis response

X

Optional

 

 

START Therapeutic Supports/Resource Center and In-Home Therapeutic Coaching

 

Certified START Program

START Network Partner

START PLC

Adheres to policies and protocols that meet fidelity to the model

X

Optional

 

Provides therapeutic services based on the START model

X

X

 

Uses START endorsed assessment tools

X

Optional

 

Applies START endorsed admission and discharge planning practices

 X

Optional

 

Provides therapeutic group activities, uses positive psychology and strengths-based approaches

X

X

 

Provides designated planned and emergency beds

X

Optional

 

Coordinates services with START clinical team

X

Optional

 

Resource Center Director and IHTC Team Leader participate in and obtain START coordinator certification

X

 Optional