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The purpose of the Kansas Mental Health Positive Behavior Support (KMHPBS) project is to increase both quality of life and the likelihood that children and young adults with mental health needs and challenging behavior will be able to live successfully in their home, school, and community settings. The project is organized into three major activities:

  1. creating online resources, training systems, and materials collaboratively with Mental Health Center Professionals,
  2. providing Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTFs) Teams with information about preventing problem behavior via facility-wide positive behavior support, and
  3. scheduling statewide leadership meetings that will gather and summarize information from families, mental health professionals, and the community in order to create recommendations for large-scale prevention of problem behavior.

Online Resources, Trainings, and Materials for Mental Health Centers

The main focus of this project will be to work collaboratively with leaders at all levels within Mental Health services to identify the most effective ways to organize, post online, and implement training related to systems of care, wraparound, person-centered planning, and positive behavior support. One of the goals of the project is to make resources and tools related to the prevention of problem behavior available after the funding for KMHPBS is complete.

The opportunity to participate in any of the KMHPBS training levels is completely voluntary on the part of Mental Health Centers. If a Mental Health Center chooses to participate, three individuals representing administration, as well as management, behavioral expertise, and/or professional development will be asked to attend an event at which a menu of options will be presented. Mental Health Center leaders can choose options from this menu based on the unique needs of their individual organizations. Funds will be provided to each Mental Health Center from KU to offset the costs of the training. For more information, please review the section dedicated to Mental Health professionals—Contracts

Four layers or training systems will be included within the KMHPBS project. Mental Health Centers will be able to choose the level and intensity of training that fits the needs of their staff members.

Level 1: Awareness Training. Asynchronous and synchronous webinars (materials that professionals can review on their own time or attend as a scheduled event) will be available to Mental Health professionals as well as family and community members introducing key concepts related to topics such as systems of care, wraparound planning, dual diagnosis (intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health), person-centered planning, positive behavior support, school-based mental health as well as other topics will be presented in this webinar format. In addition to webinars, regional workshops will be available to Mental Health Center professionals, families, and community members.

Level 2: Team Action Planning and Professional Skill Building Sessions. Mental Health Centers who already have professionals with some experience in positive behavior support and the prevention of problem behavior may choose to engage in a set of team-based assessment and action planning sessions to identify strengths and build on areas that the team believes to be important for increasing prevention-based implementation efforts. Teams may also identify individuals who will continue to work on building skill sets related to wraparound, systems of care, person-centered planning, and positive behavior support (e.g. conducting functional behavioral assessments, writing operational definitions and designing measurement systems, outlining standards of practice related to dual diagnosis, etc.).

Level 3: Regional Interagency Planning Sessions. KU staff members will facilitate regional interagency team meetings in up to three areas across the state. Mental Health Centers within one of the regions choosing to participate will be asked to send one or two individuals to two or three regional interagency meetings. Mental Health Center leaders will be asked to send one to two professionals who represent leadership level administration/management, and one person interested in learning to facilitate wraparound/person-centered planning and positive behavior support at an intensive level for children or adults who are at risk for losing their placement in home and/or community settings. The Mental Health Center professional interested in facilitating planning processes will be asked to meet more frequently with KU staff members in order to work side-by-side facilitating intensive plans for children and/or adults at risk for more restrictive placements. This planning process may also include other community stakeholders such as those from intellectual/developmental disability settings, juvenile justice settings, or foster care. Children and youth identified may be consumers that the Mental Health Center is already supporting within their services.

Since the purpose of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grant awarded to the state is to decrease out-of-home/community placements, data will be gathered on this individualized plan. The data will be analyzed and summarized in a manner that protects anonymity of the children and team. Regional Interagency Teams will use the anonymous and aggregated information from case studies and information from the two or three planning meetings to formulate recommendations that will be submitted to the state leadership team. These recommendations are intended to provide suggestions for new or modified policies, procedures, and/or funding pathways that will assist in breaking down regional and state barriers for supporting children and youth with problem behavior. In summary, the purpose of the regional interagency team process is to increase service coordination for children, improve communication across services, and provide access to regional behavioral expertise.

Level 4: Intensive Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support Mental Health (KIPBS-MH) Facilitator Training. Each Mental Health Center that chooses to participate in any of the layers of training will be required to send one person within its Center to an intensive individualized training course. The reason for requiring a Mental Health professional to attend this level of the training is to ensure that the funds used in this project result in outcomes that KDAD can report to funders (e.g. case study impact data).

The KIPBS-MH Facilitator training is a six-month long training that includes eight onsite and/or webinar classes, three full-day conference events (10:00AM-2:00PM), approximately three mentor onsite visits to provide mentoring and support for the facilitation of one wraparound and positive behavior support plan representing a child or adult who engages in challenging behavior. The time taken to complete this class is approximately eight hours a week.

Professionals who successfully complete the training will be eligible to bill Medicaid for wraparound/person-centered planning and positive behavior support. KU staff members providing the intensive case study training will use the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support (KIPBS) evaluation system. This evaluation system includes a measurement system for scoring the fidelity of implementation and impact of individual wraparound/person-centered planning, and positive behavior support plans. Pre-training and post-training KIPBS case study data are then standardized and aggregated across trainees.
Click here to learn more about the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support Intensive Training

Click here to read about how the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support evaluates wraparound or person-centered planning and positive behavior support plans.

Summary of Training Opportunities

The section below summarizes the main activities involved in each Kansas Mental Health Positive Behavior Support Training Level;

Level 1

Level 2

  • 2-3 team training/meeting days across one year for a small group (e.g. 5-8 individuals) within a Mental Health Center to conduct a self-assessment and action plan with KU staff facilitating;
  • Opportunities for staff members within a Mental Health Center to attend trainings that include:
    • Four modules broken down into major topic areas. Examples of topic areas include: wraparound/person-centered planning, functional behavioral assessment, designing effective multi-component intervention strategies, working with individuals with dual diagnoses (mental health and intellectual/developmental disability), and transition planning for children and youth.
    • Tailored webinar and/or onsite classes (Mental Health Center Administrators can select any number of individuals to participate in intensive training that provides in depth information related to the modules described above; Centers will receive funds to offset training costs --the number of staff that can be reimbursed is dependent on how many Centers participate--however, any number of staff can attend the training).

Level 3

  • Regional Interagency Team Meetings
    • Up to 2 Mental Health Administrators will be asked to participate in two to three, 2 ½-hour meetings within their region;
    • One Mental Health staff person meets regularly with KU staff to complete a wraparound and positive behavior support plan, and to work on goals and activities identified by the interagency team;
  • Written recommendations from the Interagency Team will be submitted to the Statewide Leadership Team.

Level 4

  • Intensive case study training for one Mental Health Center Professional
    • This level is required for any participating Center, all other levels can be organized to best fit each organization;
    • Training via the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support (KIPBS);
    • 6-month training that provides eligibility for Medicaid reimbursement via the State Medicaid Plan.