Friday Feature 3.9.2018
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The Center for START Services
START: Cultivating Hope Through Lifespan Services and Supports
START’s lifespan services recognize the importance of early intervention as a means of preventing longer-term challenges while taking advantage of neurodevelopmental plasticity and extended systems of support. By engaging children and their families earlier, we promote positive change and reduce the likelihood of negative or traumatic interactions that interfere with optimal development. This Friday Feature highlights some of the important work being done to meet the needs of individuals across the lifespan.
Child And Senior Man Hands Holding Young Plant
NC START Expands Services to Support Children with Complex Needs in North Carolina
Disability Rights NC has pursued the need for a continuum of care for children in North Carolina and has entered into a settlement agreement with the state in order to meet obligations to children with complex needs. This has resulted in an expansion of NC START services to serve children. Watch the video below to learn how NC START is central to resolving challenges within the state's systems of care.

Researchers To Study Dementia Screening in Older START Service Recipients
Elizabeth Wise, MD (postdoctoral fellow in Geriatric Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins) and Calliope Holingue, MPH (PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins Department of Mental Health) just received funding from Johns Hopkins University to work with the Center for START Services to pilot the administration of the Early Detection Screen for Dementia (EDSD) to older adults enrolled in START. Statistical analyses will then be carried out to determine how well the screener performs. Wise and Holingue will be supported by the Center for START Services as well as faculty mentors, Luke Kalb, PhD and Peter Rabins, MD.
NC START: A Cornerstone for Supporting NC Kids with Complex Needs
Want to learn more about expanding a START program to serve children? On Monday May 7, 2018 at the START National Training Institute, Corye Dunn, JD, Director of Public Policy at Disability Rights North Carolina, will outline how North Carolina was able to expand NC START to serve children as a result of a settlement between NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Disability Rights North Carolina, the state’s Protection & Advocacy agency. Attend Corye's breakout session on Monday to learn how START was central to resolving system challenges and lessons learned. Participants who attend this session will be able to:
  • Identify what problems NC sought to address through START
  • Identify stakeholders for expanding START to serve kids
  • Describe anticipated barriers to expanding START to serve kids
Learn More about the 2018 START National Training Institute
Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire