PBS is an inclusive approach for developing effective behavior supports

Positive Behavior Support Project

Our Goal

To build the capacity of agencies to support individuals with developmental disabilities.

Our Focus

To have participants guide team decisions about their lives.

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is an inclusive approach for developing effective behavior supports. Positive Behavior Support utilizes functional behavioral assessments to develop supports for individuals. Work is done with an interdisciplinary team and starts with participants' personal goals and desires. The emphasis is on modifying the environment so that individuals can lead fulfilling and productive lives in community settings.

The Positive Behavior Support process utilizes a team approach to create support plans by asking, "Why is this person behaving this way?" Positive Behavior Support is a long-term approach that focuses on teaching participants new behaviors to replace challenging ones. It requires an initial investment of time and resources from a variety of people to create real and lasting change. Positive Behavior Support is positive and proactive and focuses on preventing problems before they occur.

The Crisis Services (in the Positive Behavior Support project) are time-limited consultations designed to assist interdisciplinary teams in stabilizing the behavior of individuals who are in crisis. After stabilization, Positive Behavior Support services and trainings are available to assist the team in supporting the individual.

The Positive Behavior Support Project is designed to strengthen, develop, or combine community resources through the provision of a comprehensive and intensive consultation service to staff, parents, professionals, and individuals with challenging behavior in West Virginia. Positive Behavior Support consultants operate from a person-centered values base and will apply state-of-the-art teaching, assessment, and management technologies to develop support providers' capacities.

The Positive Behavior Support Project is funded through a grant with the West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities.

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