Statewide Leadership Planning
Since the funding for this project is available for a short time period only, it is essential that leaders at the state level consider how the Kansas Mental Health Positive Behavior Support (KMHPBS) project can assist in building systems, materials, and resources that can sustain after the funding has ended. The statewide leadership team will meet a minimum of four times throughout the year to assess how training materials, tools, and resources can be embedded into already existing systems (e.g. Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support, University pre-service training, etc.). The statewide team also will be responsible for creating a long-term vision and mission for ensuring that systems of care, wraparound, person-centered planning and positive behavior support education continues to grow over time so that more children and adults receiving services have the opportunity to experience improved quality of life across their lifespan.
As more behavioral support trainings, services, and materials are developed, the need for an integrated evaluation plan increases. The team will discuss the effectiveness and integration of
training efforts related to systems of care, wraparound, person-centered planning, and positive behavior support that occur in different departments across the state. Integrating training efforts and evaluating outcomes at a statewide level may decrease costs overall and provide the state with consistent way in which to monitor costs. The team will conduct an assessment of strengths and needs across Kansas and build a consensus-based action plan for moving forward.
Figure 1. Office of Special Education Program’s Technical Assistance Center Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Statewide Leadership Model.
KU staff will assist in facilitating the Statewide Leadership team using the model described in Figure 1. In addition to the four Statewide Leadership Team meetings, a smaller working group will schedule regular meetings via conference call or video conferencing in order to continue making progress in achieving the goals and objectives set forth by the statewide leadership team. The smaller work group will report on progress made during each of the four larger statewide team meetings. Both the Statewide Leadership Team and the working group will focus on systems issues related to positive behavior support including funding, visibility, political support, policy, and the development of behavioral expertise across all regions in Kansas. The main activities involved in the statewide action planning process will include training, coaching and mentoring, evaluation, and the training of behavioral specialists. Local demonstrations of interagency collaboration will be started during the funding period and discussions will continue related to sustainability during statewide meetings.
By the end of the KMHPBS project, the Statewide Leadership Team will organize the evaluation information and interagency regional team recommendations gathered to create a list of actions the state might consider to increase prevention-based implementation efforts and decrease costs related to reactive management of problem behavior. If you would like to sign up for our Kansas Mental Health Positive Behavior Support listserve, you will receive updates on the status of the project over time.
Statewide Trainer Cadre
This activity is considered voluntary. Mental health professionals are not required to apply for this opportunity. Professionals who are either participating in interagency regional case studies and/or are participating in the intensive KIPBS-MH Facilitator training can submit an application for consideration within the Statewide Trainer Cadre. The purpose of this team is to find the highly qualified professionals across the state who can provide support to regions where family members, organizations, or other groups are seeking consultation and training. At this time, the main incentive for participating as a State Trainer is that individuals who choose to do so will become known across the state as being part of a specialized team that provides training and facilitation in the area of wraparound and/or person-centered planning and positive behavior support. The State Trainer is not an official position. State trainers will become part of a loosely affiliated group of experts who are meeting to engage in lifelong learning and who share training and professional development strategies. The Statewide Trainer Cadre professionals will receive additional training focused on how to train adults and teams effectively and will be considered part of the Statewide Leadership Team. Benefits to participation include:
- FTE and travel reimbursement for training events and meetings,
- the development of higher order training skills that can be used in Mental Health organizations (or other organizations
such as PRTFs),
- the creation of supportive network of Mental Health or other professionals who facilitate teams that support individuals
engaging in serious problem behavior,
- the most up-to-date, evidence-based information about systems change and professional development strategies,
- individual trainer meetings held with experts in the field prior to or after a workshop and/or webinar event, and
- additional resources including books, tools, and other materials.
Professionals who are accepted into the State Trainer Cadre will be asked to attend the four statewide leadership meetings. To make effective use of this time, these professionals will be asked to stay for approximately one hour after the leadership meeting to continue their training and work on trainer-related activities. In addition, two full-day events in centrally located areas within the state will be scheduled to provide cadre members with specialized training skills. The focus of these trainings will be on areas related to effective coaching, mentoring, data collection, systems change, and interagency facilitation. All state trainers will receive reimbursement for their time and travel related to State Trainer Cadre Activities.