Behavior Support Services

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ActivityIdeas for Activity Directors
Activity directors work in the health-care field, helping assisted-living and nursing-home residents stay active. They help older and disabled members of society get the exercise and socialization that are important on so many levels. If you are an activity director, it is always helpful to find fresh ideas you can incorporate into your own routine.
ActivityActivity List
​Entertaining activity ideas for use with Behavior Support Services.
ActivityActivity Director Training Course
This activity director training course is a home study self-paced training offering the basic knowledge to fulfill the role of the activity director as defined in the state and federal requirements for nursing facilities. You can enroll and being this course anytime. This course meets the 36-hour training requirements for nursing facility activity directors.
ActivitySage Minder
Fun Activities for Seniors - Our loved ones need to be stimulated mentally, physically, and socially to maintain health and to avoid depression and isolation. Below are some ideas to get you thinking about other ways to connect - and inspire your loved one to keep learning, get stronger, and have fun.
ActivityLove to Know
"Love to Know" for Seniors - If you are looking for fun and enriching activities for seniors, you'll find ideas here. Whether you are a senior yourself or if are looking for information about senior activities for a parent, grandparent or other loved one, this site can be a terrific information resource for you.
ActivityActivity Calendar
Find free monthly senior activity calendars featuring group activities. Each calendar lists unique, daily activity ideas, along with special holidays and observances for each day. In addition, discover helpful links to websites where you can download any necessary preparations for the activities.
FormSDS 310
​Behavior Support Services Behavior Plan - Should be completed by the consultant within 20 days of the initial assessment. This form should then be reviewed and used as a teaching tool with client provider and caregivers.
FormSDS 311
Behavior Support Services Progress and Service Notes - This form should be completed by the consultant for each date of service and should be sent to case manager to communicated status of referral at the time of voucher submission or before.
FormSDS 312
Behavior Support Services Feedback Form - The information collected in this form helps the Aging and People with Disabilities office evaluate and improve Behavior Supports' new service.
Person-Centered Evaluation - The purpose of this mandatory form is to help the Behavior Consultant gather information necessary to complete or revise the person's Behavior Support Plan (SDS310).
FormSDS 313
Request for Behavior Support Services
OHCAOregon Health Care Association
Oregon Health Care Association is a private not-for-profit trade association representing more than 620 nursing homes, assisted living, residential care, senior housing facilities, in-home care agencies and long-term care corporate offices, along with close to 200 nationwide business partner members.
OHCAActivity Director Training Course
This activity director training course is a home study self-paced training offering the basic knowledge to fulfill the role of the activity director as defined in the state and federal requirements for nursing facilities. You can enroll and being this course anytime. This course meets the 36-hour training requirements for nursing facility activity directors.
OTACOregon Technical Assistance Corporation
Ore­gon Tech­ni­cal Assis­tance Cor­po­ra­tion (OTAC) is a non­profit 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) orga­ni­za­tion based in Salem, Ore­gon. Through a myr­iad of projects and ini­tia­tives in Ore­gon and across the coun­try, OTAC brings its mis­sion state­ment to life every day.
OTACAbout TBI by the Brain Injury Asso­ci­a­tion of America
The Brain Injury Association of America and its state affiliates strive to connect people with useful, accurate information and resources in their area. If you or a family member are struggling with the effects of a brain injury, or think you may have sustained a brain injury, there is help. Included here are some useful first steps.
OTACNational Insti­tute of Neu­ro­log­i­cal Dis­or­ders and Stroke
Resources and information about Traumatic Brain Injury.
OTACAssociation for Positive Behavior Support (APBS)
APBS is an international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviors.
OTACFunctional Assessment and Program Development for Problem Behavior
​A practical handbook by Robert O'Neill, Robert Horner, Richard Albin, Jeffrey Sprague, Keith Storey, and Stephen Newton.
OTACSignificant Behavioral Issues
An overview of the different kinds of behavioral issues that individuals with complex needs may have.
OTACFunctional Assessment and Behavior Support Plans
​An overview for developing meaningful and effective plans of support.
OTACPositive Behavior Support
​An overview for developing Positive Behavioral Support (PBS), which allows individuals with challenging needs to increase social, personal and professional quality in lives through assessment and re-engineering of environments which in turn reduces the need to to express those needs through challenging behaviors.
OTACSupporting Individuals with Complex Needs Through Effective Teams
​Teams in action using Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Collaboration involves people who know and care about the focus of the individual sharing responsibility, resources and a positive vision for their success.
OTACSupporting a Person with Difficult Behaviors
Ten things you can do to support a person with difficult behaviors.​
OTACUnderstanding Communication
Understanding communication is necessary to understanding our behavior and the behavior of others, including that which is problematic of challenging.
OTACGrowing Resources in Oregon Manual
The GRO Manual (Growing Resources in Oregon) was developed in 2010 to address the need for training and information that reflects the changing profile of individuals entering into the development disabilities service system. The contents of this manual were developed from research on best practices for supporting people with complex needs. The information in this manual is reviewed and updated annually. New articles and training tools are added periodically.
Resource PaperSample Behavior Consultant Job Description
This sample job description can be used by agencies to inform the development of a position description for their specific program.
Resource PaperBehavior Support Services Practice Standards
​A list of BSS practice standards.
Resource PaperPositive Behavior Supports Overview
Written description of Behavior Assessment and Planning Process. This description is useful as supplemental reading for the individual, their family members, caregivers, and administrators to know more about the Behavior Planning Cycle they are taking part in.
Resource PaperTeaching and Coaching Behavior Plans
Guide to teaching adults and best practices in training adults.
Resource PaperDescribing Behavior in Clear Terms
Guide to developing the Behavior of Concern in clear “behavioral” terms to aid in comprehensive Behavior Assessment.
Resource PaperTraining the Behavior Plan - Parts 1 and 2
The steps for sharing, coaching, and teaching a Behavior Plan in two parts: 1) initial small/large group training and 2) individual caregiver training.
Resource PaperGlossery of Terms
Quick guide to common terms used in Behavior Assessment and Behavior Plans.
Resource PaperGetting Past the Power Struggles
Power struggles create distance and hostility in caregiver relationships with individuals receiving care. This guide describes support strategies to develop relationships free of power struggles and create feelings of safety and trust.
Resource PaperEnhancing Communication
Overview of what communication is and how to build supportive communication between individuals receiving care and caregivers.
Resource PaperCaregiver Stress Management
List of ideas to assist caregivers with on-the-job stress in managing difficult behavior in the individuals they provide support for.
Resource PaperStrength of Personal Boundaries
Resource paper for caregivers to help maintain perspective when working with individuals that have challenging behavior in which personal boundaries are often broken.
Resource PaperStrategies to Reduce Client Stress and Agitation
Guide for Behavior Consultants with strategies of stress management for individuals receiving support.
Resource PaperStep-by-Step Behavior Planning Cycle
Quick reference guide to Behavior Assessment, Behavior Plans, implementation, and review.
Resource PaperHelpful Hnts for Behavior Supports
Guide for Behavior Consultants to assist in development of a comprehensive Behavior Assessment through Behavior Plan including implementation and review.
Rule411-046-0100 - 0220
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing - Proposal by the Department of Human Services to adopt rules for Behavior Support Services (BSS) in OAR chapter 411, division 046, to establish standards to provide BSS ot individuals who receive Medicaid-funded home and community-based services.
ToolActivities Inventory
Person-centered tool designed to gather information about interests and preferred activities during the behavior assessment process. Activities in this inventory tool may be ones the individual currently engages in or has in the past. They may also be ones they would like to learn or do in the future.
ToolBehavior Narrative Data Tool
This data tool uses a narrative “story” manner for caregivers to document difficult behavior occurrences. This approach uses a method similar to case or progress notes and is easy for caregivers to use.
ToolBehavior Weekly Scatter Plot
This data tool counts behavior occurrences in a time chart to pinpoint any particular time of day where difficult behavior is most likely to occur and not occur.
ToolClient Interview Tool
Tool designed to gather information directly from the individual through interviews. Some individuals will be able to answer the questions while other individuals may have dementia, cognitive impairments, or mental health issues where their verbal answers will reflect a unique view of the world, i.e. delusional, unrealistic, as if the person is living in the past, etc. This information is also relevant to determine what is important to the individual. In addition, information about how well the individual communicates with those around them can be obtained.
ToolGuided Interview Tool for Staff and Caregivers
Data tool used by the Behavior Consultant to structure interviews with staff, family, and caregivers for the Behavior Assessment.
ToolBehavior Plan Development Worksheet
Planning tool used to develop support strategies from the results of the Person Centered Evaluation.