Develop a SART
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Establish SART Leadership

SARTs need leaders who are committed to sustaining the team concept over time and who will collaborate effectively among agencies, programs, and funding sources. SART leaders need to understand multidisciplinary roles and responsibilities and integrate resources in ways that are victim centered, cost effective, and mutually beneficial across disciplines. Successful leaders need analytical skills to weigh options, management experience to organize SART objectives and set agendas for team meetings, and group facilitation/conflict resolution skills to promote communication among team members.

There are many different ways to lead and effectively organize SARTs. Some planning teams start by having each participating agency donate its time and services during the planning phase. Once the SART is established, some hire coordinators to provide administrative oversight. Other planning teams have obtained funding for a coordinator's position from the onset to help with preliminary organizational activities and information gathering.