positive behavior support Celebrating 30 years

While our response to COVID-19 has changed the way we are doing things, our services to West Virginia families will continue via telehealth. All interactions will be conducted remotely via phone, email, or video conferencing. In person trainings are being revised and some will be offered remotely with prior registration. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Phone: 855-558-4296
Email: pbs@hsc.wvu.edu

PBS Intensive Services

PBS provides individualized, trauma informed positive behavior support services to people with serious emotional disorders and/or co-existing conditions who are at risk of out of home placement and need help addressing specific dangerous or life-threatening behaviors.

Staff will determine the best method of services available to serve the family needs. Services available include a functional behavior assessment, creating a Positive Behavior Support Plan (PBSP), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), or Triple P Stepping Stones parenting program.

These services are conducted with several home visits over a 3-5 month period or in a clinical setting.

Please note: We will not be able to specifically address suicidal, homicidal, and sexualized or substance abuse behaviors. We only target observable and measurable behaviors such as physical aggression, property destruction, self-injurious behavior, etc.

Eligibility Requirements:

Individuals referred from Children’s Mobile Crisis, Wraparound and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities will be given priority.

The individual must:

  • Be a WV resident
  • Have a serious emotional disturbance and be at immediate risk of out of home placement
  • Be a willing participant in the process
  • Have a community placement with a stable team and caregivers
  • Have a team that is willing to collect data, implement the Positive Behavior Support Plan (PBSP) and be committed to the person and their growth through the process
  • Not be receiving Title XIX Waiver or
  • Not have access to a behavior specialist through another service

A Behavior Specialist will be providing guidance to the individual and their team to teach them how to create an individualized positive behavior support plan (PBSP) for the individual. It is the duty of the participant and their caregivers to provide functional behavior assessment information (FBA), implement the PBSP, collect data, and provide follow-up information.

An example of PBSP writing could be:

  • Initial consultation over the phone and set up home visit
  • Initial quality of life questionnaire
  • Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) information gathering (face to face)
  • Facilitate a person-centered planning tool with the person and their team
  • Direct observations in varying settings
  • Teach the caregivers to translate FBA information into Positive Behavior Support Plan (PBSP) interventions
  • Write the PBSP with the person and their team
  • Troubleshoot problems and check for contextual fit
  • Train the person, caregivers, and team to implement the interventions in the PBSP
  • Follow up 1-month post PBSP implementation to collect fidelity data

Apply here:

Please complete the following form(s) to apply for these services:

Click here for the Intensive Services Application

If you are seeking services for yourself or are the guardian of the individual eligible for services, please also complete the following form:

Release of Info to Receive Services

If you are seeking services for yourself or are the guardian of the individual eligible for services and would like for us to work directly with an agency or school, please also complete the following form:

Release of Info to External Agency