Introducing Denver START


About Denver START


The Denver START program at Rocky Mountain Human Services is a proven, evidence-based approach that provides accessible and timely crisis mental health care for Denver residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

We provide:

  • 24hr/7day crisis prevention and intervention

  • Access to START certified team members with unique experience in the mental health aspects of I/DD

  • Person and family-centered approach

  • Cultural humility and competency 

  • Coordinated care and assistance for the person supported, their families, and their service providers

View 2021-2022 Annual Report


Who We Serve:

The Denver Start Program is available to individuals 6 and older with an I/DD and co-occurring mental health condition who reside in the City of Denver.


Submit a Referral

To submit a referral to join the program, please fill out our online form or call 303-636-5600 and select option #8 or email us at

The National START MODEL

The START program, which stands for Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment, is new to Denver but is a nationally recognized model with a rich history of success. Developed in 1988, the National START model aims to improve diagnosis and treatment, support effective services, create service linkages, promote health and wellness, and decrease the need for emergency services.



In 2021, RMHS engaged in a competitive contract selection process with Denver Human Services (DHS), ultimately winning the contract to develop a local START program. Denver START is funded by local taxpayer dollars through DHS’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Equitable Access to Services (IDDEAS) program.

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