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Personal Assistant Services & Behavior Respite

Personal Assistant Services & Behavior Respite 600 408 bh360
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Traditional vs. Specialized Services

Traditional services are appropriate for individuals of all ages and are available in situations when the parent or primary caregiver has a need for temporary relief or assistance with caregiver responsibilities. 

Specialized care offers an enhanced level of service for individuals who have more challenging behaviors – like physical or verbal aggression, property destruction, self-injury, self-stimulation, or elopement – and therefore need more support than traditional services can provide. The service is appropriate for individuals of any age.

Service Categories

Respite: A support service designed to provide parents and other primary caregivers with temporary relief from the constant care required by a family member with special needs. Both the specialized and traditional levels of respite care must be delivered in the family’s home and care can only be provided to the individual authorized to receive services.

Daycare: Provides care to an individual in their home environment while the parents or other primary caregivers are working or attending an educational program. Care can only be provided to the individual authorized to receive services.

Attendant Care: Provides an extra set of hands to individuals who need support completing their activities of daily living. At the traditional level, services must be delivered in the family’s home while at the specialized level services can be provided in the home, in the community, or in other facilities such as a group home. For individuals with severe behavioral needs, attendant care can be used as an extra layer of support for other services or to assist during ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment sessions. This service is offered as 1:1 or 2:1.

Services Details

Both specialized and traditional sessions can be as short in duration as 3 hours or may be provided up to 24/7 depending on the needs of the individual.

Prior to initiating care, a supervisor conducts an initial appointment to understand the needs of the specific individual and family and identifies care providers who are a good match.

All our services are provided by a team of professionals who are experienced with and passionate about working with individuals of all ages who have developmental disabilities. Our trained and responsible staff are actively engaged with the individual receiving care while participating in preferred activities in the family home or other appropriate environment.

All our care providers have passed a live scan clearance as validated by DOJ and FBI and maintain current CPR and First Aid certification. All staff are also certified in Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention (NCPI). In addition, at the specialized level, care providers are trained in the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and can collaborate with the individual’s ABA service provider to ensure consistency in implementation of the behavior treatment plan. 

When providing care, we often rotate staff members in the home. This is especially helpful when working with children as it helps them grow accustomed to meeting a variety of people. This makes it easier for them to transition into outside programs for more training, and eventually help them prepare to live as independently as possible.

Who Pays for Care in California

In the state of California, the local Regional Center will authorize and pay for appropriate and necessary services for any individual assessed and diagnosed with a developmental disability. The state defines developmental disability as “intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other conditions similar to intellectual disability that require treatment similar to a person with intellectual disability.”

The state will pay for services for individuals at any income level if the need for services is demonstrated. The number of hours is dependent on each particular case. 

Parents and other primary caregivers can also receive respite services under a self-pay arrangement, paying for services directly as needed.

School-Based Behavior Intervention

School-Based Behavior Intervention

School-Based Behavior Intervention 600 408 bh360
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Overview

Our School-Based Behavior Intervention services are typically provided in the classroom. A classroom-based approach is beneficial because it provides the opportunity for the student receiving services to participate in a less restrictive school environment – often with their peers or siblings – while receiving the support they need to effectively participate in classroom-based instruction. 

Under the school-based service delivery model, each child receives one-on-one support from a Behavior Intervention Implementation (BII) professional in the classroom. Additional support is provided by the Behavior Intervention Development (BID) professional who collaborates with the Individual Educational Planning (IEP) team to help design each child’s customized plan, supervises and monitors program delivery, and tracks progress toward established goals.

These services can also be provided virtually in certain situations.

ABA-Based Approach to Behavior Intervention

Similar to other programs we offer, our School-Based Behavior Intervention Services are rooted in applied behavior analysis (ABA). This approach uses scientifically based techniques for understanding and changing behavior and is the most widely accepted approach to assess and intervene with individuals with autism or other developmental challenges or delays. 

Our program is designed to increase language and communication, improve attention and focus, and decrease problem behaviors. We build on each student’s interests and strengths using structured and natural opportunities to facilitate learning. In the classroom setting, skills that are useful in everyday life are broken down into easy-to-learn steps, with positive reinforcement and goal-focused treatment that meets the unique, individualized needs of each student. At its core, our School-Based Behavior Intervention program helps students access school curriculum.

Throughout the process, progress is measured and data is collected to ensure that the teaching approach is working and that the student continues to obtain educational benefit from the intervention services. Once the data is analyzed, findings guide adjustments to the Individual Treatment Plan that may be necessary or appropriate to ensure continued educational progress. 

Who Pays for Care in California

The school-based Individual Education Planning (IEP) team makes the decision about who receives School-Based Behavior Intervention services, along with who provides the service. These services are included in a child’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) if the team determines that these services are appropriate for the child. Parents can contact their school district for more information.

Federal, state and local school districts pay for School-Based Behavior Intervention services that are provided through the local school district.

In some situations, School-Based Behavior Intervention services may also available under a self-pay arrangement where parents, caregivers or others pay for services directly.

Special Information for School District Representatives

Our organization is a non-public agency that has extensive experience and expertise in providing school-based services. As a partner to many school districts across California and as an established and stable provider of ABA-Based Behavior Intervention Services for more than 20 years, we are ready to help should you need resources to assist you in the implementation of your School-Based program. For more information or to establish a contract with us, please contact us at 833.227.3454 and we’ll be happy to connect you with our Executive Director of School District Services. 

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Parent & Caregiver Training

Parent & Caregiver Training 600 408 bh360
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Our Parent & Caregiver Training focuses on enhancing skills and techniques that can improve functional communication and decrease problem behaviors in individuals with autism and similar disorders. This training also provides valuable information, tips and techniques that can help parents and others better navigate the challenges that come with being a parent or caregiver of a child with special needs.

Offered in an individual or group setting in one of our behavioral health treatment centers or via telehealth, or offered individually to parents and caregivers in our center or at home, this training provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn and practice effective methods that can be used outside of sessions and outside a clinical setting. Bringing parents together as a group creates a support system and can help parents connect with others facing similar challenges.

Who Pays for Care in California

If Parent & Caregiver Training is determined to be a necessary and appropriate part of an individual’s overall Behavioral Health Treatment program, costs for these services should be covered by your commercial or private insurance provider or as part of your state-funded services.

Parent & Caregiver Training services are also available under a self-pay arrangement where parents, caregivers or others pay for services directly.

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Social Skills Groups

Social Skills Groups 600 408 bh360
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Social skills training can be an important component of your child’s ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment program. Our Groups help individuals function more effectively in social situations and helps cultivate skills needed to create positive interactions with others.

Delivered at one of our behavioral health treatment centers, we offer age-based groups for kids, preteens, teens, and young adults. Our Groups are conducted in a comfortable setting where individuals with developmental disabilities can develop and practice their social skills with peers on a regular basis. These Groups are also available via telehealth in some situations.

Social skills training focuses on:

  • Group instruction
  • Socialization in natural play/natural interaction/collaborative environments
  • Following group instructions
  • Appropriate social behaviors in a community setting
  • Positive peer interactions

Who Pays for Care in California

If social skills training is determined to be a necessary and appropriate part of an individual’s overall Behavioral Health Treatment program, costs for these services should be covered by your commercial or private insurance provider or as part of your state-funded services.

Social Skills training services are also available under a self-pay arrangement where parents, caregivers or others pay for services directly.

1:1 ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment

1:1 ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment

1:1 ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment 600 408 bh360
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Overview

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) refers to a variety of behavioral health treatment options that are based on the principles of behavior analysis. ABA uses scientifically based techniques for understanding and changing behavior and is the most widely accepted approach to assess and intervene with individuals with autism or other developmental delays. This type of Behavioral Health Treatment is conducted one-on-one, is customized for each person, and is appropriate for individuals of all ages.

Our program is designed to increase communication skills, social skills, self-help skills, play skills and motor skills as well as decrease problem behaviors and increase replacement behaviors. We build on each person’s interests and strengths using structured and natural opportunities to facilitate learning. During 1:1 Behavioral Health Treatment sessions, skills that are useful in everyday life are broken down into easy-to-learn steps, with positive reinforcement and goal-focused approach that meets the unique needs of each individual. At its core, our 1:1 ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment program helps individuals function more effectively in their natural environments. 

In ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) oversees treatment of the individual, with direct support typically provided by a behavior interventionist (BI). The BCBA provides oversight through supervisory visits with the BI.

Throughout the process, progress is measured to ensure the teaching approach is working. These routine assessments guide adjustments or modifications to the personalized treatment plan that may be necessary or appropriate to ensure continual progress toward goals. During supervisory visits, the BCBA works with the clinical team and the patient to ensure that the treatment plan is being followed and that the prescribed therapy is moving the individual forward.

Individualized Settings

To ensure the environment where services are delivered best meet the needs to each individual we serve, our programs are available in a variety of settings including:

  • Home
  • Clinic
  • Community
  • Telehealth
  • Hybrid

Our experts can explain these various environments with you and help determine the most appropriate setting for you.  Sessions are scheduled to fit each family’s needs, preferences, and availability.

Who Pays for Care in California

In California, healthcare insurance companies – and the health plans they offer – are regulated by the state and are required to provide coverage for behavioral health services for individuals 21 years of age or under, including coverage for treatment of conditions such as autism.

This means that if your child or other family member has healthcare insurance through a health plan in California, your insurance provider should help you cover the costs for appropriate and necessary treatment for autism and other similar conditions. That’s the good news. But benefits and coverage can vary, and even if your health plan covers treatment for autism, you still need to explore and understand the details of the specific coverage you have. If you have healthcare coverage through your employer, through Covered California or through some other arrangement, it’s important that you contact your insurance provider before beginning treatment to ensure you fully understand the specific coverage provided by your health plan.

Depending on the patient’s age, diagnosis, geographical location or type of insurance coverage in place, care for your child may be available through your local regional center. Regional centers are affiliated with the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and in some cases can help coordinate access to state-funded behavioral treatment services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and related conditions. To identify and contact your local Regional Center to determine if you qualify for state-funded services, visit https://www.dds.ca.gov/rc.

Our 1:1 ABA-Based Behavioral Health Treatment services are also available under a self-pay arrangement where parents, caregivers or others pay for services directly.