23 Mar Enhanced Behavioral Day Program – Tabernacle, NJ
Friends of Cyrus II Opens Enhanced Behavioral Day Program in Tabernacle, NJ
Friends of Cyrus II recently opened its first Enhanced Behavioral Day Program (EBDP). This program operates Monday – Friday from 9am to 3pm. It is conveniently located in the same building as the Tabernacle Adult Day Program! The EBDP was designed to monitor and treat individuals who experience challenging behaviors.
Adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) are more likely to engage in challenging behaviors than the general population. These challenging behaviors often pose an immediate risk of harm to themselves or others. Even when these challenging behaviors do not risk injury, they can negatively impact quality of life. This negative impact can be seen through the potential isolation caused by limited access to community resources.
The discrepancy between the funding available for the care of adults with I/DD and adolescents is vast. One could be excused for assuming that the frequency and intensity of challenging behaviors and their impact is miraculously reduced upon an individual’s 21st birthday.
The impact of maladaptive patterns of behavior on adults with developmental disabilities is amplified by a lack of resources to support the clinical treatment of challenging behaviors and the development of adaptive skills.
Unfortunately for those directly impacted by challenging behaviors, as well as for their caregivers, there is little or no difference post-21, and in fact challenging behavior may actually worsen as one ages. To mitigate these extensive challenges the EBDP will utilize its resources to deliver more targeted clinical care for those most impacted.
Higher Quality Support
A reliance on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis is fundamental to all the clinical programming here at FOC II, however the Behavior Support Plan’s that are developed within the EBDP will rely almost exclusively on experimental analysis. Whether it is establishing a sound clinical foundation based on the results of a functional analysis, or the vetting of individual treatment plan components through a treatment analysis, the plans developed within the EBDP will leverage the most up-to-date best practices in behavioral science.
Increased Clinical Support
Large clinical caseloads are a byproduct of the limited funding available to support clinical services delivered to adults. Too often this funding is not representative of the care needed to enact lasting, socially-significant changes in behavior. Overseen by a BCBA-D, the EBDP provides increased clinical support that will result in small caseload for the BCBA
Increased Direct Support
The theme of smaller caseloads will be carried over to the direct support role. Our behavior technicians will be supporting the adults served by the EBDP at a ratio of up to 2:1. This will facilitate a focus on data collection and treatment integrity vital to reaching socially-significant outcomes for the adults served within the program.
To ensure excellence in the area of direct support, the Behavior Technicians within the EBDP will receive their direct supervision from the clinical team. Enhanced supervision and training is at the heart of what separates the EBDP from other day habilitation programs available to adults with I/DD.
Founder & CEO
“Some individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities engage in significant problem behaviors that are dangerous to self and others, and could be disruptive to daily life. Developed and supervised by a Doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and operated by well-trained clinicians and support professionals, the Enhanced Behavioral Day Program at Friends of Cyrus II offers a unique treatment plan, person-centered approach and a higher level of care for each individual. The Enhanced Behavioral Day Program at Friends of Cyrus II offers individualized care, developed through experimental analysis to provide the highest level of care possible. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer such needed service to the disability community in South Jersey, and look forward to expanding into other counties.”
Dr. Timothy Nipe, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Chief Clinical Officer
“Too often, adolescents who are impacted by developmental disabilities like ASD, do not receive the care they need to enjoy the quality of life they deserve as an adult. When one considers the vast discrepancy between the funding available for adolescents and those available to adults, the need for new ideas in treatment models for adults with high-risk challenging behaviors becomes all too clear. I feel incredibly grateful working for Friends of Cyrus II, where care is always the priority. This has allowed myself and my team to think creatively about how to bring clinical resources to bear where they are needed most.”
If you or someone you know is looking for Day Habilitation placement for an adult with I/DD, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our Referral Application to start our enrollment process.
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