START Newsletter | Spring 2018
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START Newsletter | Spring 2018
START National Training Institute
May 7-9, 2018 | Boston, MA
Celebrating 30 Years of START
"Wellness Promotion & Proactive Crisis Prevention"
The 2018 START National Training Institute (SNTI) is only a month away! Click the button bellow to register online:
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Our room block at the Sheraton Boston Hotel closes in one week on April 13, 2018 - book your reservation online today.
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Director's Welcome
Picture of Joan BeasleyHello Wonderful START Network!  

We first want to welcome the state of Oklahoma as we embark on a joint system wide evaluation of services and supports for children and transitional youth with IDD and mental health needs. The energy, enthusiasm and dedication of the citizens of Oklahoma has made for a wonderful collaboration. The state of Georgia and NY Region 2 service analyses are in their final stages of development. We learn most when we all contribute. Thank you to all who participated in this important process.
START programs continue to grow and develop, and we want to congratulate the newest certified START coordinators for a job well done. To date 227 START coordinators have been certified across the country. Looking forward to the NYSTART Long Island team’s official launch conference to be held on Wednesday April 11th, 2018; congratulations LI-NYSTART! Another NC Central MHI/DD Professional Leaning Community graduated on March 21st, with 6 wonderful new trainings developed by the learning community study partners followed by a delicious potluck lunch. Congrats to NCSTART Central and their community partners for a job well done. We also want to congratulate those whose  research proposals submissions were accepted by the National START Research Committee. We look forward to learning from your important projects. Great job!
Finally, I want to thank you all for the wonderful work that you all do every day and to the people who allow us to partner with them to build stronger, inclusive communities. This edition of the Newsletter will provide information about the upcoming START National Training Institute. As we celebrate 30 years of the START model, we know that the learning has only just begun.
I hope to see you in Boston from May 7-9. I think the snow will be over by then.
Happy Spring!
Dr. Joan Beasley
SNTI Continuing Education Offerings
The Center for START Services is pleased to announce our expandedContinuing Education offerings for the 2018 SNTI. Advance registration required.
*CE registration is not required to receive UNH CEUs
Register for CEs
Additional CE information can be found on our website.
START 30th Anniversary Celebration
BHMA Troupe
The Official START Band (aka "the Berkshire Hills Music Academy Troupe") is back by popular demand and will perform on Tuesday evening at the SNTI following the afternoon breakout sessions from 4:30pm-6:00pm. Please join us as we celebrate 30 years of START. Sharing a few words from this talented group of performers:
"We cant wait to come back!"

"Looking forward to making everyone's night memorable"

"This is my favorite gig of the year"

"We are excited to play for you again. It's a big honor"

Dan Tomasulo "American Snakepit" Book Signing
American Snake Pit: Hope Grit, and Resilience in the Wake of Willowbrook
A memoir by Dan Tomasulo, PhD, MFA, MAPP

American Snakepit book coverPicture of Dan TomasuloJoin author, speaker, and professor, Dan Tomasulo on Monday evening, May 7th, for a reading and book signing for his new memoir, American Snakepit. Books will be available for purchase throughout the SNTI.

"American Snake Pit is the story of the disregarded souls who ended up in my care; of the eccentric, resilient staff who helped make such a momentous success possible; and about a blind spot in American history. Because of the success and the progress made by the inmates in group homes like these, mental health became a civil right in the United States. The Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) of 1980, affects all Americans. It is particularly important now as the right to quality healthcare treatment, and access is so politically charged. This is the story of how it all began." - Dan Tomasulo, PhD, MFA, MAPP

Announcing the 2018 William I Gardner Award Recipient
We are pleased to announce that the 2018 William I Gardner Award recipient is David Satcher, MD, PhD, the 16th Surgeon General of the United Sates (1998-2002) and the 10th Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (1998-2001). Dr. Satcher aims to foster the health and well-being of all of our citizens and to leave no one behind. His efforts have both highlighted problems and service gaps but also built upon proposed solutions and improved approaches. We still have a long road ahead, but the work of Dr. Satcher motivates us all to continue on this journey.  

The award will be presented at the SNTI on Wednesday May 9th during the morning's plenary session.
Guidebook Event App
We are pleased to announce that the Center for START Services has partnered with Guidebook to bring the entire 2018 SNTI Guidebook screen shots on mobile devicesprogram to your mobile device, free of charge. A big thank you to Vaya Health, the official 2018 Guidebook Sponsor!

The app will be available for download within the coming weeks. We will send an announcement to 2018 SNTI registrants when our Guidebook is available for download. Stay tuned!

Vayahealth logo

The 2018 SNTI Guidebook App is proudly sponsored by Vaya Health.

Learn more about Vaya Health at 
Thank You to Our 2018 SNTI Sponsors
Gold Sponsor
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). It is the mission of FREE to assist individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. FREE provides a diverse array of supports and services including: housing; recovery services; transition to work; employment; day, community and family services; respite; crisis services; education and after school support; specialty health services; and advocacy.
Awards Luncheon Sponsor
Services for the UnderServed (SUS) "Since 1978, we’ve worked with thousands of individuals and their families to create pathways to rich and productive lives by offering housing, employment, skills-building, treatment and rehabilitation. And in a world that seems to get more complex every day, we are nimble. We respond to peoples’ emerging needs in the moment – and for the long haul."
Social Networking Event Sponsor
YAI supports people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving the fullest life possible by creating new opportunities for living, loving, working and learning. YAI is a network of agencies with programs that empower and enhance the lives of thousands of people we support and their families. 
Tote Bag Sponsor
RHA Health Services is a multi-state company providing a comprehensive network of support services for people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities and those with behavioral health needs or substance use challenges.  Their services are person-centered, outcome-driven and tailored to reflect our commitment to community inclusion, holistic, wrap-around support and the integrated care model.  They serve both children and adults and support every level of need. 
Bronze Sponsors
Therpa LogoBecket LogoMyQuillo Logo
Additional Sponsors
Peoples United Bank Logo  4imprint Logo
START Program Updates
Coordinator Certifications
Congratulations to all START Coordinators certified since our last newsletter:
Ryan Carr - ArkSTART
Ashley Groesbeck - NY Region 4 - YAI
Denise Bronzino - NY Region 5
Caroline Haire - NC START East
Tanya Kelly - NY Region 1
Mike Marzo - NY Region 5
Christy Prophete - NC START West
Angela Valles - NY Region 4 - YAI
Sonia Barton - NY Region 3
David Lewis - NC START East
Katie Visconti - NC START Central
Ashley Greene - NY Region 1
Lauren Stoler - NY Region 4 - SUS
Sumitra Balachandran - NY Region 4 - SUS
Holly Bentley - NY Region 3
Cecile Bonvouloir - NH START
Alyse Scura - NY Region 5
Vicki James - NY Region 3
Jacob Wasonga - TX Tarrant County
Travis Gray - ArkSTART
Alyssa Lomonaco - VA REACH 1
Laurette Baylon - TX El Paso
Rozemarijn Staal - TX Tarrant County
Cheryl Karran - NY Region 4 - YAI

Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services
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