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Behavior Supports

Behavior Supports are comprehensive services designed to assist people supported in managing and improving Behavior Supportchallenging behaviors through positive and proactive strategies. These services are tailored to meet the unique needs
of each individual and focus on enhancing their quality of life by addressing behavioral challenges that may arise due
to limited social skills, limited communication skills, impaired sensory systems, past trauma, or psychiatric diagnoses.

Behavioral Supports Referral Form

Key components of Behavior Supports include:

  1. Skill Training and Psycho-Education: Providing individuals, staff, and family with training to develop necessary skills and understanding through psycho-education and person-centered strategies. This empowers people to better manage their behaviors and enhances their ability to interact positively with others.
  2. Behavioral Support and Treatment Plans: Developing and implementing specific plans that outline tailored behavioral support and treatment strategies. These plans are designed to address the unique needs of each individual, promoting positive behavioral change and overall well-being. In addition to the Behavior Support Plans, individualized Crisis Plans are created and implemented to create a safe environment.
  3. Assessment and Consultation: Conducting thorough assessments of person’s supported clinical status, often in collaboration with staff and family to identify specific behavioral challenges and develop appropriate interventions. The behavior specialist conducts interviews with team members, staff, and family to create the Functional Behavioral Assessment.
  4. Collaboration with Teams: Working closely with teams to ensure integrated and coordinated care for people supported with emotional and/or behavioral problems. This collaboration aims to manage and support these issues efficiently and effectively.
  5. Education and Training: Teaching people, families, and staff about interventions, prevention, and techniques to enhance treatment. This includes educating them on positive behavior strategies and a proactive understanding of behavior rather than using aversive or punishment strategies.

Behavior Supports are provided in various settings, including residential settings, homes, communities, or day programs, ensuring that support is accessible and relevant to the person’s daily life. These services are available to adults (21 and older) enrolled in the Consolidated Waiver, Person/Family Directed Support Waiver, and the Community Living Waiver.

Behavioral Specialists play a crucial role in delivering these services, using their expertise to create a supportive environment that fosters positive behavioral changes and enhances the overall quality of life for individuals in need.

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