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

Positive Behavior Support Program

The purpose of the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Program is to build workforce capacity to support individuals who have challenging behaviors. Intensive and collaborative work is completed with agencies who serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and other complex support needs to implement PBS system wide. Additionally, we offer short-term consultation to a very limited number of individuals statewide, technical assistance, training opportunities, and person-centered planning to individuals who need help defining long-term goals. Through a person-centered approach, supportive, motivating, and inclusive environments for individuals with complex needs are promoted.

What is PBS?

Positive behavior support is a package of evidence-based strategies to improve quality of life and decrease challenging behaviors. It teaches people new skills and alternative responses to replace challenging behaviors. This approach is positive, proactive and focuses on preventing challenging behaviors before they occur.

The Positive Behavior Support Program is funded through a grant with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health.