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Positive Behavior Support Project Activities

The Positive Behavior Support Project has four main activities: Training and continuing education opportunities, technical assistance and mentoring, short-term consultation, and person centered planning.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The PBS Project provides trainings to professionals, agencies, and family members on a variety of topics such as facilitating futures planning, positive behavior support, data collection, and developmental disabilities. Training may be done in small or large group settings and social work CEU’s are offered for most trainings.  Please visit our trainings page for more information on training topics

Technical Assistance and Mentoring

The PBS Project provides technical assistance and mentoring services to help teams find solutions for challenging behaviors.  This consists of providing guidance and feedback to professionals conducting functional behavior assessments and developing behavior support plans.  When an individual who is receiving Title XIX Waiver services requests short-term consultation, we will work with the individual’s team to provide technical assistance and mentoring as they complete assessments and develop recommendations. 

Short-Term Consultation 

Because the primary focus of the PBS Project is building capacity through training and technical assistance, we are only able to provide short-term consultation to a very limited number of individuals statewide.  Short-term consultation services are provided to individuals (who are not receiving Title XIX Waiver services) and their families to help them find solutions for dangerous or life threatening challenging behaviors. PBS staff will work with the individual, family, and their team to assess challenging behavior through interviews, observations, and data review.  Information gathered through this functional behavior assessment will be used to develop a range of supports and activities to assist the individual in acquiring his/her choices for a meaningful community life.  PBS staff will train the family and team to implement the behavior support plan as the team is responsible for carrying out recommendations. 

Person-Centered Planning 

The PBS Project provides futures planning to individuals as well as agencies working with individuals with disabilities.  Futures planning helps participants develop their own goals and create an action plan for achieving these goals.  We use tools such as Making Action Plans (MAPs) and Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATHs) to graphically facilitate futures planning with the participant and their team.  Individuals on the team, including the participant, are responsible for carrying out action steps developed during the futures planning process.