Department of Human Services Highlights Research on Best Practices in Behavioral Health Support


Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) today released the latest issue of the Journal of Positive Approaches, which aims to provide the latest research and resources for people with mental and behavioral health issues, intellectual disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities. live a daily life. This edition focuses on effective behavioral supports and how they affect populations served by DHS.

“Part of DHS’s mission is to make sure people have the resources and information they need to live their daily lives,” said Acting DHS Secretary Meg Snead. “We hope this edition of the Positive Approaches Journal will provide insight into best practices and methods so that we can all work together to ensure that the people we serve are all better off.”

The articles in this issue encourage the reader to focus on merging mental and physical health silos and integrating the biomedical and socio-environmental influences that all play out in a person’s behavior. Positive behavior support has been shown to be effective in a variety of settings where challenging behaviors are likely to be triggered, such as fast food restaurants, playgrounds, job sites, and homes. Behavioral approaches, once thought to be effective only with specific populations of people diagnosed with autism or intellectual disability, are effective for everyone, especially when developing plans with people in need of support. mental health complex.

This edition features research and articles on the following topics:

  • Common Misconceptions About Behavioral Support – Debunked! : This article explores and examines how behavioral support is often misunderstood.

  • Using principles of positive behavior support to enhance education and family intervention: This article details how an evidence-based approach to supporting adaptive behavior, Positive Behavior Support (PBS), helps address behavioral challenges.

  • The Power of Collaboration Through Behavioral Assessment and Treatment: This article details an individual’s admission, evaluation, and treatment at Torrance State Hospital.

  • Putting the Positive in Behavioral Support: Considering the Role of Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose: This article highlights the importance of understanding behavioral supports.

The journal is a collaboration of the DHS Office of Developmental Programs and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and collects mental and behavioral health resources, insights, and progress to better serve people in their communities. .

Read this edition of the Journal of Positive Approaches.

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