PA START Allegheny

PA START Allegheny is a specialized mental health support service for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and behavioral health needs. START stands for Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment. Our goal is to provide stability and prevent disruptive crises in participants’ lives. With trained experts in IDD and mental health, we adopt a strengths-based perspective. Participants typically engage with START for 12-18 months. START is a little different than other services (respite, intensive in-home). What sets us apart is our collaboration with various providers (schools, healthcare providers, psychiatrists, etc.) to align goals and support systems. We do not replace existing providers. Our aim is to enhance the system of care and help providers understand how to support individuals with complex needs, even after their involvement with START ends.

Program Start Year

  • 2023


  • Brittany Fenclau, Program Director
  • Stephanie Smigiel, Clinical Director
  • Ashle' Hall, MSW, LSW, Clinical Team Lead
  • Cynthia Simpson, Therapeutic Coach Team Lead

Contact Information

  • phone 412-723-1774
  • email [email protected]
  • location 221 Penn Avenue, Suite 2100
    Wilkinsburg, PA 15221