START Spring 2016 Newsletter
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Joan Beasley

Hello from NH! It’s been a mild and then again on some days not so mild winter here in New England, but the end is in sight so we are all looking forward to Spring. Here are just a few highlights since our last Newsletter:

Hawaii has taken off with the first statewide child MH IDD Professional Learning Community lead by Karen Weigle and Dave O'Neal. They both look forward to their visits to Hawaii and report that all is going very well. Other exciting PLCs have been developed in North Carolina in collaboration with NCSTART west, Tarrant County Texas in collaboration with Tarrant County START, and soon to be launched, NH in collaboration with NH START. All PLCs help to engage mental health practitioners and others to improve knowledge and skills in MH Aspects of IDD. More about PLCs later on in this edition of the Newsletter.

In other exciting news, NYSTART is now in NYC! We are collaborating with two extraordinary providers and state representatives in each of the five boroughs. Coined NYSTART Triboro (Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens) and NYSTART- Richmond Kings (Brooklyn and Staten Island) will eventually be the largest programs in the U.S. to date. We look forward to seeing everyone at the National Training Institute in Atlanta this March.

See you all soon!
Website Highlights

Have you taken a moment to check out our newly re-designed website? This new website also marks the official transition of our Online Resource Area to Moodlerooms, the Center for START Services online learning platform.

Questions about the website or Moodlerooms? We are here to help.

NH News
The Special Hope Foundation

Congratulations go out to Amanda Reichard and Joni Beasley for the award from the Special Hope Foundation.

This is a one year grant ($50,000) to conduct a comparative study in Iowa and New York and will measure the impact of START services intervention on emergency room and psychiatric inpatient use.

While small, this research grant paves the way for submission of a larger NIH study application in the spring.

The Special Hope Foundation is a collaboration partner with AUCD.

START Network Calls Cancelled
Network Calls Cancelled
These calls originated as a way for members of START programs to convene and share updates from their respective regions. Since the inception of these calls our START Network has grown exponentially and with this growth new opportunities for more focused collaboration have been developed (Study Groups, PLCs, etc.) that replace the need for larger calls. Thus, the Center for START Services has decided to no longer host the START Network calls.
START Welcomes NYC!
New York City
As Dr. Beasley mentioned in her foreword, the Center of START Services is now in each of the five boroughs. START is happy to be working with Services for the Underserved (SUS) and YAI Network and monthly launch workshops featuring special guest presenters are being held beginning in March through September. Stay tuned for additional updates in the next newsletter and check out our website. If you’re interested in attending, please contact Beth Grosso for more information.
Recent Certifications
Congratulations to all the newly certified coordinators!
  • Edwin Solomon- NC Central
  • Marcia Flinkstrom- NH
  • Alison Waters-NC Central
  • Niakesha Nelson- ArkSTART
  • Michelle Lawrence- NH
  • Megan Brosh – ArkSTART
  • Ariana Goswick- NC Central
  • Sarah Kuykendall- TX Travis
The 3rd Annual ArkSTART Conference
New York City
The 3rd Annual ArkSTART Conference is being held Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in West Little Rock from 9am-4pm. Participants will receive 5.5 contact hours and UNH CEU’s.
Learn More >
Register >
QI Corner: Updates about process, procedure, and compliance
  • Keep an eye out for Cross-Systems Crisis Plan template changes
  • The Comprehensive Service Evaluation (CSE) template has been updated and a new sample CSE will be added to the Clinical Manual. You can find the new template within the Forms section of Moodlerooms
QI Questions? Contact Center for START Services QI Director, Andrea Caoili
At your ‘SIRSvice’: Helpful hints and updates
  • All users now have the ability to edit or add to the intake/triage form for individuals on their caseload. Please remember that the data in the intake/triage form should reflect the person at intake to START.
  • Obesity has been added as a stand-alone category in medical conditions
  • The SIRS data dictionary has been updated to indicate that nurses entering time should enter that time as Medical Consultation
Have SIRS-related questions? Please contact SIRS Manager, Ann Klein.
START National Online Training Series Update
We have made some exciting changes to our 2015-2016 National Online Training Series!
  • March 18, 2016: The Effects of Trauma on Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (Part 1 of 2) Presenter: Karyn Harvey, Ph.D., Asst. Exec. Dir. of Quality Supports, The Arc Baltimore
  • April 15, 2016: Healing from Trauma and Learning to Thrive! (Part 2 of 2) Presenter: Karyn Harvey, Ph.D., Asst. Exec. Dir. of Quality Supports, The Arc Baltimore
  • May 20, 2016: Behavior Support Plans: Identifying Best Practices Presenter: Karen Weigle, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for START Services
Did you know you can earn UNH CEU’s for participating in the National Online Training Series?

Please check out the National Online Training Series Resources section of our website, found under the Events tab.

Beginning in March, the Center for START Services will begin hosting a group discussion via Zoom videoconference immediately following the presentation for those interested in participating in a facilitated review of the training.

This activity will enable individuals seeking CEU’s to engage in the mandatory group discussion component if/when they are not able to attend the training in-person at a host site.

Keep a look out for an email with more details soon!

Ask the Director with Dr. Joan Beasley

This edition’s topic: Professional Learning Communities

Q: START Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), in a nutshell, aim to share and act on learning to enhance effectiveness as professionals…in your role as the Director, what have you observed as an unexpected (yet positive) result of the PLC groups thus far?

A: START has focused on learning and teaching throughout the history of the program. Recent Professional Learning Community development in Hawaii, North Carolina, Texas and New Hampshire has helped to expand efforts to engage partners in building service provider capacity. Facilitation of PLCs has become a very rewarding part of my work as the Director of the Center for START Services. I have been most surprised by the enjoyment experienced in the PLC process, and how so many have actively engaged with other members of their communities, especially their study partners. Incorporation of positive psychology and individual learner strength profiles* have been key. Professional Learning communities will play an ever expanding role as we continue to grow the START network.

(*Strength profiles are based on the VIA survey- learn more here!)

Have a pressing question to ask Dr. Beasley? Let us know! It may be featured in the next edition.

START Sightings
Dr. Joan Beasley (Director, Center for START Services) and Dr. Karen Weigle (Associate Director, Center for START Services) see the sights in San Francisco while attending the NADD Conference
Dr. Weigle catching the trolley in downtown San Francisco
Dr. Joan Beasley, Dave O’Neal (Center for START Services National Consultant), Dr. Karen Weigle
Bob Scholz (NH START Project Manager, Research Assistant, Center for START Services National Consultant & Trainer), Dr. Joan Beasley, and Dave O’Neal watch a filming of The Daily Show while in NYC recently (PS- Happy Birthday, Dr. Beasley!)
Dave O’Neal with the CSS I-START (Iowa) team
Dave O’Neal with the START El Paso team (Top Row, L-R: Dave, Angie Garcia, Yvette Marquez, Erica Thomas, David Puentes. Bottom: Kristal Garcia, Elyana Martinez)
Dr. Joan Beasley and Dr. Jill Hinton (Clinical Director, Center for START Services) during a recent NYC visit
Dave O’Neal meets Al Roker on a recent visit to NYC
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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire