START Program

The Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment (START) program serves individuals residing in-home and out-of-home. It provides person-centered, trauma-informed, evidence-based, positive support for individuals ages six and older.

The Center for START Services at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability/UCED, provides a model of services to meet the crisis needs of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Characteristics of Services

The local START teams provide:

  • 24-hour case coordination to improve supports and service outcomes,
  • Whole-person assessment (I/DD, mental health, medical, access to services, personal strengths, satisfaction, etc.),
  • Individualized map of individual’s connections to others/systems,
  • Cross-system linkage (connecting I/DD providers, crisis teams, mental health providers, first responders, hospital/psych staff, etc.),
  • Community education, and
  • Family/staff/provider support and education (in-home therapeutic coaching).


START is currently available in the following areas:

  • Alta California Regional Center
  • Regional Center of East Bay
  • San Andreas Regional Center
  • San Diego Regional Center
  • South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (Coming Soon)
  • Westside Regional Center

START is expanding in the following areas:

  • Redwood Coast Regional Center
  • Valley Mountain Regional Center
  • North Bay Regional Center
  • Golden Gate Regional Center
  • Central Valley Regional Center
  • Tri-Counties Regional Center
  • Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center
  • East Los Angeles Regional Center
  • Harbor Regional Center

More information on START can be found on this website.


Last modified: April 20, 2022