START Program

Improving the care of individuals with IDD and behavioral Health needs by utilizing a multidisciplinary, coordinated approach.

The START philosophy is based on a systems linkage approach, which emphasizes focusing on solutions, active communication, and group decision-making in the system of care, in addition to a better understanding of individual clinical and treatment needs to improve service outcomes. START programs require person-centered, evidence-informed practices, continuous training and skill building practitioners, active participation of stakeholders, collection and analysis of data, and ongoing opportunities for collaboration and modification of services in response to individual and trend-related outcomes.


Laura Russell – MDS Crisis Case Manager Supervisor
Office: 970-256-8652
Cell: 970-697-8355
Crisis-On-Call: 970-697-8376

START Referral Form-Download



Call 911 immediately for all life threatening emergencies


Mind Springs Mental Health 24/7 Crisis Line: 1-888-207-4004


Mind Springs Mental Health Text Line: Text TALK to the number 38255


Non-emergency crisis Police Dispatch: 970-242-6707


Crisis On-Call for MDS, for non-emergencies, in route to Mind Springs Mental Health: 970-697-8376


Adult Protection Services Mesa County: 970- 248-2888


Children Protection Services Mesa County: 970-242-1211