Behavior Analysis- Behavior analysis includes the design, implementation, and evaluation of systematic environmental modifications that assist in understanding an individual’s behavior and to produce significant change in the individual’s behavior that is socially meaningful. Behavior analysis uses direct observation and measurement of an individual’s behavior and environment to identify contextual factors, conditions influencing motivation, stimulus events occurring prior to behavior, as well as reinforcement and other consequences that affect these practical changes in behavior.
The services are designed to facilitate ongoing changes in the individual’s environment, the interactional styles of caregivers, and the contingencies for the individual’s behavior provided by other people in order to make lasting improvements in the individual’s behavior. Training for parents, caregivers, and staff is integral to the implementation of a behavior analysis services plan as is the monitoring of procedural integrity and program effectiveness.
Behavior Assistant/Technician- Behavior assistant/technician services (BAS/BT) provide support in implementing the behavior plan created by the behavior analyst. The assistant/tech must maintain a copy of the plan. This includes assisting the certified behavior analyst in assessing the individual, assisting in implementing new procedures in the presence of the behavior analyst, acting as a model for correct implementation for the individual or the caregivers, or coaching caregivers to implement the behavior program. Unlike other services, the behavior assistant provider’s focus is working with the caregivers to provide them with the skills to execute the procedures as detailed in the behavior analysis services plan, rather than the provision of intervention directly with the individual and to evaluate a caregiver’s maintenance of skills needed for behavior program implementation.
Behavior assistant/tech services can only be provided under the supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA. Supervision should include observation of the behavior assistant/tech working with the individual, their caregivers, or other providers. The behavior assistant/tech must maintain documentation signed by the behavior analyst providing supervision.
Specialized Mental Health Counseling- Specialized mental health services focus on the unique treatment of psychiatric disorders and rehabilitation for impairments for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness and restoration to the best possible functional level. These services include specialized individual, group, and family therapy provided to individuals using techniques appropriate to this population.
Specialized mental health counseling services also include information gathering and assessment, diagnosis, development of a plan of care (treatment plan) in coordination with the individual’s support plan, mental health interventions designed to help the individual meet the goals identified on the support plan, medication management, and discharge planning. This specialized treatment will integrate the mental health interventions with the overall services and supports necessary to enhance emotional and behavioral functions.
Social Skills Group-Social skills groups are different than a traditional play-date or peer-based hangout – they are a supervised therapeutic event where the goal is to help children and adolescents gain skills in social interaction.
Supported Living Coaching-These services can include assistance with locating appropriate housing; the acquisition, retention, or improvement of skills related to activities of daily living (e.g., personal hygiene and grooming); household chores; meal preparation; shopping; personal finances; and the social and adaptive skills necessary to enable individuals to reside on their own.
Supported living coaching services provide training and assistance in a variety of activities to individuals who live in their own homes or apartments.
Individuals are limited to adults age 18 years or older.