Key Components of START include:
- Training and program consultation: START provides educational and training programs for select audiences, including school faculty, administrators, campus security, first responders, parents and students. These training programs are designed to improve understanding about the dynamics, behaviors and characteristics of school shooters, as well as improving situational awareness and timely responses to improve campus safety and wellbeing.
- Early screening and identification: START provides case-by-case consultations for individuals or situations of concern. Educational institutions are supported in adopting a multidisciplinary approach to help prevent and mitigate potentially volatile situations.
- Assessment: START can assist schools in creating or completing a complete assessment of individual, familial, situational and social factors relevant to the perceived, implied or stated threat.
- Intervention: In collaboration with educational institutions and law enforcement agencies, START can provide appropriate responses to threats of violence. The response options can include further assessment and ongoing monitoring, counseling, psychiatric treatment, anger management training and arrest/detention.
- Case Management and Monitoring: START staff can also provide post-intervention services such as case consultation and management, linkages to relevant support services and periodic follow-ups and reviews.
Learn more about START by viewing the video or documents below. If you have additional questions about this program, please email START@dmh.lacounty.gov.
You can also help us get the word out about START and its resources by using the materials in this outreach toolkit.
- START Brochure
- START Poster / Flyer
- START Services Overview
- START Referral Form
- Targeted School Violence: Prevention and Intervention
- Threat Assessment Guidelines Fact Sheet
- Threat Assessment Guidelines Video
Last Updated: 8/18/2023