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Kansas University Center for Developmental Disabilities

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

The KUCDD engages in multiple activities that promote the implementation of Positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS). 

The Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support, directed by Rachel Freeman from the KUCDD Lawrence site, was established to create statewide training for Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) and Person Centered Planning (PCP). The KIPBS trains professionals in the fields of developmental disabilities, mental health, and child welfare through a mixture of online and live training and technical assistance.

The program has worked with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to enable trained professionals to bill Medicaid for PBS and PCP services. This model is one of only few in the nation to provide PBS and PCP services to eligible individuals through the Medicaid waiver program and has received national attention for its innovation.

An offshoot of the KIPBS project is the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) funded Preventing Female teacher working with female student.Violence-Building Healthy Schools and Communities project operated out of KIPBS and directed by Dr. Freeman. This project conducts model demonstration projects intended to implement school-wide PBS in Kansas districts as models for statewide implementation. Similarly, a second project funded by KSDE to KIPBS is providing training and support to three school districts identified by the state so that these districts can implement PBS.

In addition, KIPBS is engaged in multiple activities providing technical assistance and disseminating information via the Internet. Among other activities, the KIPBS maintains the Association for Positive Behavior Support website, which provides technical assistance and disseminates information on PBS throughout the world.

Former KUCDD director Wayne Sailor oversees an OSEP-funded technical assistance and training center on PBIS, which operates through the Beach Center on Disability.  This national TA center operates multiple activities to conduct training, provide technical assistance, and disseminate information to school districts throughout the United States.

Finally, KUCDD investigators at the Kansas City site are engaged in the Positive Behavior Support Prevention Project funded by the Kansas State Department of Mental Health Services. This project is developing a system to assess the needs of families of children with DD that are known to be predictors of problem behaviors.