This is a service that includes functional assessment; the development of strategies to support the individual based upon assessment; and the provision of training to individuals, staff, parents and caretakers. Services must be required to meet the current needs of the individual, as documented and authorized in the ISP.
The service is performed under the supervision of an individual with a Masters Degree in Human Services (or a closely related field), and is limited to the following:
- Collection and evaluation of behavioral data;
- Observation of the participant in various settings for the purpose of developing a behavior support plan;
- Collaboration with the participant, their family, and their team for the purpose of developing a behavior support plan that must include
positive practices and may not include restraint procedures (physical,
chemical, or mechanical) as support strategies;
- Conducting comprehensive functional assessments of presenting issues (e.g. aggression, self-injurious behavior, law offending behavior (sexual or otherwise));
- Development and maintenance of behavior support plans, which utilize
positive strategies to support the participant, based on functional
- Conducting training related to the implementation of behavior support plans for the participant, family members, and staff;
- Implementation of activities and strategies identified in the participant’s behavior support plan;
- Monitoring implementation of the behavior support plan, and revising
- Collaboration with the participant, their family, and their team in order to develop positive interventions to address specific presenting issues;and
- 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 in 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 during the same day and time another services, but may not duplicate other services. For example, Behavioral Support may be provided during the same day and time as Residential Habilitation, but the Behavioral Support provider may not render services that overlap with the responsibilities of the Residential Habilitation provider.