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Behavioral Assistance Services are specific, outcome-oriented services designed to augment other mental/behavioral health services included in a child/youth`s comprehensive treatment plan. Behavioral Assistance Services is a dynamic process of interventions designed to target specific behaviors that are interfering with a child/youth`s functioning. It includes ongoing evaluation resulting in effective modification of a child/youth`s identified behavior(s). They are components of an approved, written, detailed individualized behavioral assistance treatment plan prepared by a licensed clinical behavioral health care practitioner. Behavioral Assistance Services are designed to support the recipient at the time of day when the services are most needed and when the family may be most receptive to therapeutic intervention and skills training.

The goal of Behavioral Assistance Services involve applying positive behavioral principles within the community using culturally based norms to foster adaptive outcomes to enhance a child/youth`s behavior by developing and strengthening skills. The interventions utilized by the behavioral assistant should result in sustainable positive behavioral changes that improve functioning in a variety of life domains, including but not limited to, interpersonal relationships, social interaction, behavioral conduct, and the development of effective coping skills for a child/youth and his or her primary caregiver in support of goals in a comprehensive treatment plan.