Behavioral support involves a functional assessment of each individual. Our functional assessment consists of the development of strategies to support each individual based upon their own personal needs. It also includes training the specific individual, our staff, parents, and caretakers. We determine if our services are required in order to meet the current needs of each individual, as documented and authorized in that individual’s support plan.
Behavioral support is performed by an individual with a Masters Degree in Human Services (or a closely related field). Behavioral support may also be performed by an individual who is under the supervision of a professional who is licensed or has a Masters Degree in Human Services (or a closely related field).
Our behavioral support service includes the following tasks:
- Collection and evaluation of behavioral data.
- Observation of the individual in various settings. This helps us develop a behavioral support plan.
- Collaboration with the participant, their family, and their team to develop a behavioral support plan that includes positive practices while simultaneously avoiding restraint procedures (physical, chemical, or mechanical).
- Conducting comprehensive functional behavioral assessments of presenting issues (e.g. aggression, self-injurious behavior, or law offending behavior; sexual or otherwise).
- Enacting plans based on our functional behavioral assessment which utilize positive strategies to support the participant.
- Conducting training related to the implementation of behavioral support plans for the participant, family members, and staff.
- Implementation of activities and strategies identified in the participant‘s behavioral support plan.
- Monitoring the success of the behavioral support plan and revising as needed.
- Collaboration with the participant, their family, and their team to develop positive interventions which address specific presenting issues.
- Completion of required paperwork related to data collection, progress reporting, and development of annual planning material.
Services may be provided in the office of the behavioral support professional, the individual‘s home, the location of other authorized services, or local public community environments necessary for the provision of the behavioral support services. Direct services must be provided on a one-on-one basis.
Behavioral support services may be provided at the same time as other services, but may not duplicate other services. For example, behavioral support may be provided on the same day as residential habilitation, but the behavioral support provider may not render services that overlap with the responsibilities of the residential habilitation provider.