Blue background with white text and Phlladelphia skyline artwork advertising 2024 SNTI

The National Center for START Services® (NCSS) team members have certainly been busy over the past few months. From participating in panel discussions and giving presentations at conferences, to gearing up for the START National Training Institute in May – there is never a dull moment!

In October, NCSS and START team members presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) 70th annual meeting in New York City. Our team was part of Institute 7: Excellence in Care for Individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disorder: Relevant Updates on Best Practices.

Also in October, Principal Investigator, Joan B. Beasley, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator Jessica M. Kramer, PhD of the University of Florida, engagement team member Destiny Watkins, and other colleagues attended the first annual Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Science Fair on Capitol Hill. This event, attended by members of Congress and their staff, was designed to raise awareness of PCORI and the studies it funds to help inform legislators’ policy decisions related to patient-centered care.

In December, the 40th Annual National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) Conference took place in Nashville, TN. In addition to two poster presentations, START team members from across the country lead a presentation on the national and state impacts of the START model. You can learn more on the NCSS Facebook page.

Looking to the future, the 2024 START National Training Institute (SNTI) is just around the corner. This year’s SNTI will take place over May 6-8 in Philadelphia, PA and will feature artwork from Philadelphia artist Wendy Moreno.