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Positive Behavior Supports

Welcome to the Positive Supports section, dedicated to
the class members of the Jensen Settlement Agreement.

A. The Jensen settlement agreement called for a review of best practices related to positive support strategies:

B. The work of the Rule 40 committee began with a review paper of all state rules and regulations governing aversive procedures written by Michael Mayer.

Rule 40 Advisory Committee Meeting on April 2, 2012 published by the Minnesota Department of Human Services

C. Rule 40 Advisory Committee Recommendations on Best Practices and Modernization of Rule 40

The Rule 40 Advisory Committee has finalized their recommendations on best practices and the modernization of Rule 40. This document includes the history of the Committee and its charge in relation to the Jensen Settlement Agreement, and the principles that will be applied to programs and services licensed or certified by the Department of Human Services.

July 29, 2013

Mike MayerD. On February 6, 2013, Michael Mayer visited the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities and was interviewed. Mike Mayer is a senior partner of Community Resource Alliance. He is also the clinical director of the ACT Process in the state of Illinois.

Video Interview with Mike Mayer

E. Dr. Mayer provided his own list of resources including free training that is available online:

Positive Behavioral Supports Modules http://elearndesign.org/resources.html

April 18, 2013

Derrick Dufresne

F. Previously Dr. Mayer's colleague, Derrick Dufresne, was interviewed. He described the evolution of practices from B.F. Skinner to the current time. Derrick Dufresne is the founder and a Senior Partner of Community Resource Associates, Inc. (CRA), a training and management consulting firm that is dedicated to promoting full community inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Video interview with Derrick Dufresne,
conducted February 1, 2012.

March 20, 2012

Derrick Dufresne

G. Dr. Herbert Lovett promoted inclusive supports and equal access in the areas of education, employment, housing, and human rights for children and adults with disabilities. He traveled worldwide, consulting and speaking about the fundamental changes in the way that people with behavioral difficulties are viewed and treated.

Video interview with Dr. Herb Lovett, conducted with Larry Ringer, Minnesota Disability Law Center, in 1987

H. The Jensen settlement agreement specifically referenced The Association of Positive Behavior Supports as a benchmark.

The Association for Positive Behavior Support www.apbs.org

I. Several national resources can be helpful.

OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (School-age focus) www.pbis.org

Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support www.kipbs.org

Center on Developmental Disabilities – Positive Behavior Support (University of Kansas) http://uappbs.apbs.org/index.html

J. Both Georgia and Vermont publish positive behavior support manuals:

Guidelines For Supporting Adults With Challenging Behaviors in Community Setting, A Resource Manual for Georgia's Community Programs Serving Persons with Serious and Persistent Mental Health Issues And Serving Persons with Mental Retardation or Developmental Disabilities

Behavior Support Guidelines For Support Workers published by The State of Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living

K. Michigan has published guidelines about person centered planning:

Person Centered Planning Policy and Practice Guideline published by the Michigan Department of Community Health Mental Health and Substance Abuse Administration

L. Minnesota Department of Human Services Respect and Dignity Practices Statement (June 20, 2013) is a result of the Jensen Settlement Agreement and the work of the Rule 40 Advisory Committee to modernize Rule 40 around best practices regarding positive behavioral supports.

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