Association for Behavior Analysis International

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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Paper Session #180
CE Offered: BACB
From Baselines to Phase Lines: The State of Behavior Analysis in Florida's Agency for Persons With Disabilities
Sunday, May 30, 2021
9:00 AM–9:25 AM
Area: DDA
Instruction Level: Basic
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

Domain: Service Delivery
KRISTIN J. KORINKO (APD-Agency for Persons with Disabilities), Scott Traynor (Agency for Persons with Disabilities)

This paper presentation will review 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.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) list and describe the intervention strategies that one state agency (Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)) have implemented in response to the changing needs of our consumers (i.e., the pandemic, assessments, and the promotion of least restrictive strategies); (2) compile and describe one particular application implemented in Florida known as the “The High Watch Project.”



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