DDA is committed to providing positive behavioral supports (PBS) to individuals requiring behavioral support both programmatically and in emergency situations. This approach includes an emphasis upon the use of non-restrictive behavioral procedures and the reduction of physical restraints. Positive behavior interventions include key elements which include collaborative team-based decision-making, person-centered decision-making, self-determination and functional assessment of behavior
Staff observations of problem behavior are an important point of entry. These observations may require that an incident report be written. Staff may be advised to begin to collect behavioral data (ABC- antecedent-behavior-consequence) including the date and time of the incident/behavior, duration, frequency and intensity as well as identifiable antecedents and consequences.
Incident Reports available through the DDA PORII system provide a source of initial potential data requiring further evaluation. Behavioral incidents may include physical and verbal aggression, self -injurious behaviors, property destruction, pica and elopement.
A pattern of behavior (typically three or more behaviors either the same or different) and/or one or two high intensity (severe) behaviors need to be discussed by the individual’s interdisciplinary team (treatment team) and may precipitate a referral for behavior consultation.
Behavioral Services are provided by Humanim Maryland Behavioral Support Services Partnership is available 24/7 by calling 888-374-3276. www.bss4md.com
Humanim (serving the Central Region) functions as the lead agency in collaboration with The Arc of Southern Maryland (serving the Southern Region), The Arc of Washington County (serving the Western Region), and Somerset Community Services (serving the Eastern Shore). Humanim provides comprehensive Statewide Behavioral Support Services to Maryland residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Types of Services available include the following:
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