US Congress honors the Institute for Behavior Change
The IBC Bulletin is now available in .pdf format on-line:
Volume 1, issue #1 (June '08).
Volume 1, issue #2 (September '08).
The Institute for Behavior Change
is proud to announce that our Executive Director participated in
the prestigious biennial Training Institutes
conference, sponsored by the Center for Child and Human Development at
Georgetown University in July of 2008 in Nashville and in Washington in July
of 2010. The conferences focus on developing local Systems of Care for children and adolescents
with emotional disturbances and their families to identify "New Directions
to Improve Outcomes." You can view the IBC presentations about
Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) via Medicaid's EPSDT
mandate to provide highly effective, cost-efficient mental health treatment
to children in their homes and schools.
IBC co-presented a four-hour workshop on Outcome Data
Collection at the
12th Annual Conference on Advancing School
Mental Health in
Orlando, Florida in October of 2007. In association with treatment outcome
analyst Natasha Bowen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we
described our data collection methods to enable others to collect
treatment outcome data from service recipients quickly, accurately and
easily. We presented an abbreviated version of this program at the
International Conference of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental
and Learning Disorders (ICDL) in
McLean, Virginia in November of 2007. A collection of the presentation files,
with notes is available from IBC, in .pdf format.
for more information about our treatment outcome measurement procedures.
The Institute for Behavior Change
has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA)
Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award program for its exceptional
Employee Career Development activities. We are recruiting Licensed
Psychologists, not-yet-licensed Masters-level and BA-level "Psychologist's Assistants" to
work with us.
Want to work with us?
The Children's Behavioral Health Center closed its
Coatesville location after three years of nonsupport by County or State
officials, but the services it provided are still available and can be delivered to
Pennsylvania children who are disabled but who do not yet have Medical
Assistance benefits -- without need for the approval of any government
official or insurance company. The evaluation is
absolutely free to qualified Pennsylvania residents under the age of 21, regardless of family income.
Any child from Pennsylvania with a disability who does not yet
have Medical Assistance benefits can receive an expert diagnostic evaluation
and consultation with a licensed psychologist and certified school
psychologist with more than 30 years' experience in the field of children's
mental health in about a month.
Call 610-524-8706 or fax 610-524-8705 for
Contact the CBHC staff by e-mail.
In the IBC front office, a new
Administrative Director has been hired. Dana (pronounced "Danna")
Kimbro is the Office Manager who
coordinates hiring of new employees, oversees the delivery of BHRS in
Pennsylvania and facilitates the expansion of our operations in
Pennsylvania and elsewhere. She is assisted by Aimee Kugel.
Stephanie Fulmer joins Nick Kossor and Jaclyn
Kossor as our Administrative Assistants.
Our newest Behavior Specialist Consultants, Erin Dolan, Jessica Snell, Heather Lyman
and Collette Anderson
join Stephanie Ennis, Tiffany Arnold, Brandi Oaks, Pamela Zaranka, Raymond Tainan,
Lauren Garland, Raquel Ferreira, Apryl Rowe
and Denise Nuttall
they continue to
serve children throughout the four-county Southeastern Pennsylvania region.
Lauren Garland also provides oversight of Clinical Writing and provides
diagnostic evaluation services as a Certified School Psychologist for children
in need of Special Education services.
Founder and Executive Director Steven Kossor
has been invited to Arizona, Minnesota, Illinois, Delaware and Florida to help others
implement his professionally-driven model of BHRS and continues give
presentations about Medicaid funding for treating children with mental illness
symptoms via his BHRS model at national conferences. He continues to oversee the
IBC Treatment Outcome Measurement
Project, which is analyzing more than 6,000 treatment records collected between 2002 and
2010 showing that this BHRS treatment model continues
to achieve successful outcomes, with between 75% and 85% of
these treatment plans resulting in demonstrable benefit for children who had
diagnoses including Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Significant, positive treatment outcomes
were documented in regard to Physical Aggression, Communication deficits,
Socialization deficits, Safety Awareness deficits and Compliance with Adult
prompts in children between the ages of 2 and 17 in a 2008 study completed by the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in a 2010 study at Thomas
Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Comparable improvements
in both African-American, Hispanic, and Caucasian children were shown, and equal
effectiveness was shown in boys and girls. Two children, formerly
diagnosed with Autism, improved to such an extent that they are no longer
classified with that condition and are enrolled in mainstream educational
programs. The data and analyses can be seen
The Institute continues its role with
The Network for Behavior Change
to provide staff with the initial 15-hour training sessions
required of all TSS providers in Pennsylvania on a once-monthly basis, in order to attract and
train the largest number of TSS providers possible. We are also involved
in developing more intensive training programs to address the needs
of children with autistic spectrum disorders, and an ongoing effort to improve
treatment plans so that treatment outcomes can be monitored and progress
measured more effectively. We have created professionally acclaimed
training programs for TSS providers serving children with Autism spectrum
disorders, and an overview of the EPSDT system (differentiating it from the
"wraparound" philosophy of treatment), using PowerPoint technology.
All Behavior Specialists
have Masters degrees, and are responsible for designing and monitoring the
implementation of behavioral treatment programs, and for overseeing the delivery
of services by Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) providers. At the
Institute, TSS providers have Bachelors degrees, and deliver direct-care
services to children in their homes and schools.
The Institute has provided expert diagnostician and
behavioral consultation services to schools located in Philadelphia and
the surrounding region, and is available to assist other public and private
schools with their student assessment needs, especially Charter schools. We
have enjoyed long-term contracts with the Chester County Family Academy Charter
School and the Royer-Greaves School for Blind.
Selected staff of the Institute for Behavior Change have
been authorized to deliver consulting Case Management services through
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