Advocacy

Key Benefits

  • No conflict of interest or confusion regarding the child’s needs — we are independent mental health professionals
  • Ongoing staff training, supervision, and total service monitoring, by licensed professional psychologists
  • 30+ years experience in Special Education, including ADHD, ID, DD, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Summary of Advocacy services

Our Model of BHRS works!   The Institute for Behavior Change (IBC) is pleased to announce the submission of a Program Assessment to the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) documenting the effectiveness of our model of BHRS called Effective Treatment in a Wraparound Cup®   The Program Assessment is available here.


The staff of The Institute for Behavior Change include three Certified School Psychologists, five Licensed Professional Psychologists, and over 100 direct-service providers of behavioral support and mental health treatment to children and adolescents.  Privately and as members of the Network for Behavior Change, the psychologists have presented professional testimony at Due Process Hearings, conducted hundreds of psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic evaluations of children of all ages, and have been carefully supervising the delivery of EPSDT “Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services” (BHRS).

The Executive Director of the Institute began providing community-based psychological services in 1981 (more than 10 years before the community-based BHRS program or “wraparound services” for children’s mental health treatment existed in Pennsylvania) and has been an effective advocate for children with developmental disabilities, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, since 1977.  By collaborating with and maintaining collegial relationships with attorneys from the Education Law Center, the Disabilities Law Project, and the Health Law Project, the Network psychologists and Institute staff they supervise are able to provide excellent advice and information to parents and others who are seeking to protect and preserve the rights and opportunities of people with disabling conditions, especially children.  We have excellent working relationships with several area child psychiatrists and work with area emergency placement settings for the treatment of children in extreme crisis situations.

Additional information about advocacy and Case Management assistance provided by the Executive Director of the Institute for Behavior Change is available at www.OurCaseManager.pro

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