Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Paper Session #250
CE Offered: BACB
From Baselines to Phase Lines: The State of Behavior Analysis in Florida's Agency for Persons With Disabilities 2022
Sunday, May 29, 2022
11:30 AM–11:55 AM
Meeting Level 2; Room 252B
Area: DDA
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Kristin J. Korinko (APD-Agency for Persons with Disabilities)
CE Instructor: Kristin J. Korinko, Ph.D.

From Baselines to Phase Lines: The State of Behavior Analysis in Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities 2022

Domain: Service Delivery
KRISTIN J. KORINKO (APD-Agency for Persons with Disabilities Walden University)

This paper presentation will review this year’s progress made in one state agency across several projects of interest. A disproportionately small number of consumers engage in target behaviors that have the greatest intensity and resultant consequences such as admission to Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs), emergency room visits, and incarceration. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is a government agency who is tasked with funding and overseeing behavioral and medical supports for these high watch consumers. By creating a High Watch List of qualifying aberrant behaviors and/or acute medical episodes, APD can provide additional resources for these individuals in the form of more frequent oversight and technical assistance on individualized recommendations. In this way, a larger allocation of time and resources can be more focused to effect long term outcomes. Additionally, proactive recommendations to prevent future episodes can result in more stabilized living settings, consistent service delivery, and potential higher indices of satisfaction of services received by consumers. The results of this project has the potential for applicable state agencies to develop similar processes to serve consumers that have a disproportionately higher level of impactful behaviors that addressed successfully, can improve the quality-of-service provision while lowering long term costs.

Target Audience:

The target audience should include Behavior Analysts within their first 5 years of practice, including practitioners, supervisors and/or who are currently enrolled in/recently completed graduate-level work.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1) list and describe the intervention strategies that one state agency has implemented in response to the changing needs of our consumers (i.e., pandemic assessments and the promotion of least restrictive strategies); 2) compile and describe one particular application implemented in the Florida known as the "High Watch Project." 3) identify at least one key "lesson learned" during this implementation.



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