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April 19, 2019
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
START Newsletter Spring 2019
Greetings START Network!
 
As always, there is a lot to share in our Spring 2019 Newsletter. We welcome our newest partners in the state of Georgia as we work together to expand their capacity to provide effective mental health services and supports to children and adults with IDD and ASD. We also welcome the state of Maryland to the START network, the MD START program is scheduled to be launched early next fiscal year. We will soon begin our work with the state of Rhode Island to determine their START needs. The Colorado START demonstration project was a great success and we congratulate them on their accomplishments.
 
We are piloting an exciting DSP emotional well-being course along with ESUCP NC and Quillo, in collaboration with the NCSTART team. This innovative course will be available through all START teams once the pilot has been completed. Our new manuals have been released, along with our first annual report, lots of great reading and information to share.  
 
Enjoy the Newsletter and we look forward to seeing you at for our annual START National Training Institute May 6-8, 2019 in Washington, DC.
 
To quote our friend, the late Bill Gardner:
“Keep the Smile”
Joni Beasley
The 2019 START National Training Institute is now only a few weeks away. Visit our website to learn more about this year's program and to register. The Center for START Services is pleased to announce that we will be providing several continuing education credit options this year:
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education contact hours 
  • Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) credit
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) through a joint partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • New York Social Work CE credit
  • This program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and the Center for START Services. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.
All registrants will receive an email communication two weeks prior to the SNTI with a link to register for continuing education credit. More information about our continuing education offerings is available on our website.
Announcing the 2019 William I. Gardner Award Recipients
We are pleased to announce the two 2019 recipients of the START William I Gardner Award. Dr. James Harris, MD, will be presented with the Gardner Award for Practice Leadership on Monday morning May 6th for his outstanding contributions to mental health services for people with IDD. US Senator Maggie Hassan will be presented with the Gardner Award for Policy Leadership on Tuesday morning, May 7th for her efforts on behalf of citizens with developmental disabilities and mental health needs in New Hampshire as governor and across the country as a US Senator.
Picture of Dr. James C. Harris
Picture of Senator Maggie Hassan
Thank you to our 2019 SNTI Champion Sponsor

"Anthem" written in a blue serif font
The START Film
We are pleased to share some photos from the production of an upcoming film about START Services directed by filmmaker Dan Habib from the UNH Institute on Disability, with the assistance of Karen Weigle, CSS Associate Director. You can see segments of the film and hear from Dan and others at the SNTI in breakout session D-1 "Using Film in Systems Change: Creating the START Documentary" on Monday May 6th. We want to thank superstars from NYC, TX and NC for their willingness to share their stories with us.
Dan Habib filming on the streets of NYC
Dan Habib and Karen Weigle posing in front of a Texas State flag with counselors and guests of the Tarrant County Texas START Resource Center
Dan Habib filming guests of the Tarrant County START Resource Center standing next to their raised garden bed
Research & Evaluation
front cover of the START annual report First Annual Report Released
The Center for START Services recently announced the release of our first Annual Report. An electronic version of our FY2018 report is available on our website, hard copies will be available at the 2019 SNTI during the 2019 Research Poster Session.
picture of the AJIDD journalSTART Study Published in AJIDD
The START Study, "Improvement in Mental Health Outcomes and Caregiver Service Experiences Associated With the START Program," by Luke Kalb, PhD, Joan Beasley, PhD, Andrea Caoili, LCSW, and Ann Klein, MA, was published in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
picture of Dr. Karen WeigleDr. Weigle Presents Research Poster at Gatlinburg
Center for START Services Associate Director Dr. Karen Weigle presented a poster at the 52nd Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on April 3rd. The poster, titled Mental and Physical Health Conditions of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) with and without Down Syndrome (DS), was co-authored by Dr. Weigle, Dr. Lauren Charlot, co-chair of the START Research Committee, and Calliope Holingue, MPH, PhD student, Johns Hopkins University. The poster will be shared with the START Network during the 2019 SNTI Research Poster Session & Professional Networking Event on Monday May 6th at 5:00 pm.  
START National Advisory Council
We want to thank the Center for START Services National Advisory Council for their continued support. In the coming year, we will focus on sustainability and will be working closely with the sustainability sub-committee co-chaired by Jill Hinton and Luke Reynard.

We welcome our newest members:

Chris Castleberry (Oklahoma), Meg DePasquale (Maryland), Abiba Kindo (New York), Pat Nobbie (DC), Jill Pettinger (New York), and Susan Klick (Connecticut)
Training & START Model Implementation
Promising Results from Colorado Demonstration Project
This modest demonstration project provided a vehicle for hope and success in rural Colorado. In 7 months, they were very successful in applying START practices despite limited resources. 45 people received services, two of their coordinators received certification and claims data found significant cost savings associated with reduction of emergency service and hospital service use. Applying START rigorous evidence based diagnostic and crisis intervention practices along with promotion of PERMA (emotional well-being) made a difference in a short period of time. The team is hoping to grow their program in the next year to expand services to other parts of Colorado.
Progress Toward START Program Implementation in Maryland
A Professional Learning Community of stakeholders recently concluded in Maryland. This was another step toward implementation of MD START, following a system analysis in conjunction with Center for START Services staff. The PLC included potential bidders for a Request of Interest that will go out by the first of May. Exciting things happening in Maryland!
START Facilitates Multiple Training Forums in Oklahoma in March
Group photo of Oklahoma Coordinator Training Group participants
In early March, Project Facilitator Dave O'Neal, MS, LMHC, coordinated several MH/IDD training programs in Tulsa and Norman, Oklahoma. The first group of Oklahoma START Coordinators completed their 18 week intensive Coordinator Training Group on Monday March 5th (pictured above). On Wednesday March 6, Dave and Dr. Leslie Smith conducted two Clinical Education Team trainings with community providers, and on Thursday, Dave began piloting a new Professional Learning Community curriculum designed for special educators (pictured below). 
 
"A couple of great training days in Oklahoma! 2 Clinical Education Trainings in OKC and Tulsa with Dr Leslie Smith, coordinator training, PLC graduation, and kick off of the Special Educators PLC. These folks are taking control of their systems of care and improving the lives of children with IDD!"
- Dave O'Neal
PLC members pose in front of screen showing the faces of educators that joined the meeting with their webcamera
START Coordinator Certifications
Congratulations to all START Coordinators certified since our last newsletter!

Jessica Burden - Washington (Sound)
Reni Moreno - Colorado - STRIVE
Laura Russell - Colorado - STRIVE
Laura Shea - NC START West
Jenny Ayers - NY Region 3
Jennifer Ostrow - NY Region 3
Craig Olienyk  - Arkansas
Kimmarie Quintana - Arkansas
Joanne Thomas - Arkansas
Claudette Saddler - NY Region 4 - Richmond Kings
Larry Wright - NC START Central
Chelsea Loy - Arkansas
Matthew Wolcott - NY Region 3
Elisabeth Sweeney - NC START West
Denise Lavino - NY Region 5 Long Island
Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you in DC,

The Center for START Services

 
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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire