What is START?
Hopkinton High School’s Student Therapeutic Academic Resource Team (START) is a short-term transitional program, the goal of which is to reintegrate students with significant absences back into school by providing clinical, skill-based, psychological, and academic support. START is designed to be a place where students can come to get support and gain skills that will increase their ability to function independently, transition back to school and succeed within the community.
START is designed to be a transitional support (usually 3-12 weeks). It was created on the premise that a timely intervention after hospitalization, substance abuse treatment, or serious medical event might improve the student’s reentry and at the same time lessen chances of relapse. On a case-by-case basis, START may be considered as a preventative intervention.