START

​What is START?

A service of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, START is a Multidisciplinary State And Regional Team (START) of Expert Consultants. START provides interdisciplinary case consultation for highly complex, protracted or difficult child abuse and neglect cases. The consultation team can involve experts from many disciplines including but not limited to medicine, medical toxicology (adult substance abuse and drug exposed child), nursing, behavioral health, law, ethics, psychology and clinical social work. Financial arrangements can be made with the Kempe Center to secure this service. See our national START Brochure​. START is partially funded to offset costs. Additional fees may be required for consult. Financial arrangements can be made with the Kempe Center to secure this service.

Who can refer a case?

  • State and County Departments of Human Services
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Legal Professionals (District Attorneys, County Attorneys and Guardians ad Litem)

Before making a referral, feel free to contact the START Coordinator at KempeSTART@UCDENVER.EDU or 303-864-5185 if you have questions about whether a case is appropriate to refer, or whether one-on-one consultation with an expert may be more appropriate for your situation. The one-on-one consultation is available for specific case-related questions and you may not need to complete the entire referral process. A fee may be required.

In order to conduct a thorough START consultation, the START team will need all case information relevant to the questions the referring party submits as the focus of the consult, in order for consultants to review cases to provide clinical and medical consultation.

Instructions to submit START referral:

  1. Complete the START Referral Form  and submit with pertinent case documents via an online HIPPA compliant system.
  2. START coordinator will contact you to discuss submitted referral and determine next steps. If fees will be required for START services, the coordinator will work with you regarding payment arrangements.
  3. After meeting with the START coordinator, you may be asked to submit additional documents.
  4. If you have submitted any case related documents online with your referral form, you will get a message confirming your files have uploaded successfully (you may close your browser at that time). You will also receive an automated confirmation email from noreply@qualtrics-research.com with subject line: Case Last Name Referral within 5-10 minutes of successfully submitting your files. If you have not received it, please check your junk mail folder. If you still are unable to upload your materials, do not receive this confirmation, or need to send information by mail (i.e. medical record discs), please contact the START Coordinator at KempeSTART@UCDENVER.EDU. 
  5. We will schedule consultants from appropriate disciplines for a one hour START Consult.
  6. Referring party may invite other service providers to the START Consult.

Overview of the START Process:

  1. Submit START Referral:
    1. Referring Party accesses START Referral Form to submit referral via online HIPPA compliant system. Though not required as a first step, you will have option to upload relevant documents to help with triage of referral.
  2. Coordinate:
    1. START coordinator will contact you to discuss submitted referral and next steps. If fees are required for START services, coordinator will work with you regarding payment arrangements.
  3. Schedule START Consult:
    1. The START Coordinator will schedule consultants from appropriate disciplines.
    2. START Consults are one hour in length.
    3. Referring party may invite other service providers to the START Consult.
  4. START Consult:
    1. START team and referring parties will meet in person, or by video conference/phone.
    2. The focus of this consultation is to address the questions that were submitted in the referral.
  5. Post START Consult:
    1. After consultation, the referring party will receive a report with recommendations.
    2. This report will be sent to the referring party only; the referring party distributes the report at their discretion.