Spring 2018 e-newsletter
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Where We've Been and Where We're Headed

The past year was a year of development for the Region I NY START program. START Coordination services were provided in each of the 17 counties that are covered in Region I. START Coordination highlights systemic engagement and intervention with a focus of building community capacity. In line with this goal, START held several successful Clinical Education Training events and continues to offer these today!

The number of teams who worked with START's In-Home Therapeutic Coaching increased and this support was provided across many new environments including family homes, Individual Residential Alternatives (IRAs), schools, hospitals, and jails. In the year ahead, START is seeking to improve the therapeutic value of this support by integrating it more holistically with START Coordination supports, including the use of the 24-hour START crisis line. 

The START Resource Center opened and has served both planned and emergent guests. In the year ahead, an emphasis will be on identifying guest trending and maximizing the ability to access this resource. 

The NY START Program is committed to improving community outreach, partnerships, and will continue this ongoing effort.
START Resource Center 
The START Resource Center opened on January 10th, 2018! Located in Livingston County, the START Resource Center offers support to adults who are actively enrolled in the START Program. 

The newest component of the START Program in New York State offers a structured environment for individuals to focus on therapeutic goals, with opportunities for comprehensive assessment. START Support Specialists emphasize positive and trauma informed approaches while working directly with guests. 

To learn more about the START Resource Center, contact Caitlin Sestokas , Resource Center Director.
Pictured is the activity room, where START Support Specialists run therapeutic groups.
Survey Says ...
The START model bases services on evidence-informed practices. Regular ongoing assessments, such as the Aberrant Behavior Checklist, are used to reflect how supports are impacting teams. Check out averages from year to year. This graph represents concerning behaviors at the intake of cases referred to START and upon re-review. Lower totals mean that teams are identifying less concerning behaviors over time, which help the START team to know that things are headed in the right direction and to keep going! 
Save the Date for Free Community Trainings
START offers regular, continued learning opportunities, that are free and open to the public.

Our next training session will be on Friday, April 27th from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM . The topic: From Stability to Flourishing ... Practical Strategies for Promoting Mental Wellness, presented by Dan Baker, PhD.

Please join us!
START Team Spotlight - Meet Ashley!
Ashley Greene is a START Team Leader who provides support to our Batavia and Canandaigua offices. Recently, Ashley successfully completed her START Certification by highlighting a relationship between communication deficits and behavioral challenges through a case study for an individual on the Autism Spectrum. Ashley is pursuing her Master's degree in Social Work and plans to do an internship at the START Resource Center! In her free time, Ashley enjoys being creative through photography.
Making a Referral is Easy!
Anyone can make a referral to the Region I NY START program by calling 844-567-8278.
For more information on NY START, contact Gary McIntee , Regional Director.