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A START, the Alliance for the Safe, Therapeutic, and Appropriate Use of Residential Treatment, is an organization of mental health professionals, parents, advocates, and young adults who came together in 2005 amidst growing concern about mistreatment of youth in residential programs.
A START seeks to increase awareness of this problem, promote protections for children and families, and provide information about residential programs and community-based alternatives so that parents and youth can make the best choices. As part of this mission, A START strives to gather data on practices within residential care, the marketing of residential programs, and the impact of these programs on young people.
The ASTART website is no longer being maintained by the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute and the Department of Child & Family Studies. Please visit the current ASTART website at http://astartforteens.org.
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|The Alliance for the Safe, Therapeutic and Appropriate use of Residential Treatment (ASTART) is a community of professionals, family members and survivors working to protect children from abuse and neglect in residential programs, and ensure families have safe and effective community-based care. The ASTART website is no longer being maintained by the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute and the Department of Child & Family Studies. Please visit the current ASTART website at http://astartforteens.org.