Learn how to access Behavior Supports if you need them


What are Behavior Supports?

Behavioral Supports are services to provide support needed to help individuals with severely challenging and disruptive behaviors who are living in the community.

What supports are available?

Kennedy Krieger Institute Behavioral Psychology Department

KKI offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinics that help children attain and sustain adaptive, healthy, positive behaviors using the principles of applied behavior analysis (interventions are not based solely on the principles of positive approaches). They provide assessment and treatment on an outpatient basis at their facilities, at schools, in-home, as well as consultation services to hospitals and other community based programs.

Maryland Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports System

MSDE and The Sheppard Pratt Health System sponsor this project. You will find links to other sites and a list of local school system contacts.

National Resources

Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS)

The Association for Positive Behavior Support is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of positive behavior support. APBS strives to expand application of this approach with children, adolescents, and adults with problem behavior.

Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior

There is a growing database on the effectiveness of PBS for young children. A synthesis of the research has been conducted by the Center for Evidence-based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior. In addition, we have provided several case studies to share the specific details of the success of PBS with young children and their families.

Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)

The Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) is the child health component of Medicaid.

The Office of Special Education Programs under the Federal Department of Education (OSEP) Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

The OSEP-funded National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports was established to address the behavioral and discipline systems needed for successful learning and social development of students. The Center provides capacity-building information and technical support about behavioral systems to assist states and districts in the design of effective schools.

How would I apply for state supported behavioral supports?

Developmental Disabilities Administration Behavioral Support Services. Based on eligibility and determination of need, your child may be placed on a waiting list, but it is important to sign up.

What additional supports and providers are available?

See our database of Providers and Services

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