DDA START program for providers and caregivers

Jan 30, 19 DDA START program for providers and caregivers

From Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration

Systematic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resource and Treatment (START)

The DDA will be piloting the Systematic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment (START) program in the southern region. Currently there is a professional learning community (PLC) cohort beginning on Jan. 17 for those providers within the southern region that signed up to participate in this learning community. This PLC is designed to give providers more information and understanding of what the START program is and how it will be implemented within the southern region during the pilot phase. A request for interest (RFI) will be coming out within the next few months.
The START model was developed by Dr. Joan Beasley and her team at the Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire. It serves people diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) and co-occurring behavioral health conditions. This comprehensive model of service supports optimizes independence, treatment and community living for individuals with IDD and behavioral health needs. It promotes person-centered approaches and training for individuals, families, and caregivers by applying core principles of positive psychology, utilization of therapeutic tools, provision of multi-modal clinical assessments, promoting enjoyable therapeutic recreational experiences and optional utilization of existing resources through:
– Linkages with partners
– Engagement of service user, family and other circles of support involvement
– Promotion of improved expertise across systems of care
– The utilization of services designed to fill gaps
Contact Dr. DePasquale at meg.depasquale@maryland.gov for additional information.



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External Resources

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Administration for Community Living

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

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