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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.