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Facility-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (FW-PBIS) is a systematic framework that is designed to reduce safety concerns, and enhance academic and social-behavior outcomes by implementing a continuum of evidence-based interventions. PBIS is not a curriculum, intervention, program or practice, but rather a data-based decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of evidence-based practices to improve youth behavior and change the culture in DJJ facilities.
The previous behavior management system in place was ineffective and focused on negative consequences, with little to no positive reinforcement. The implementation of PBIS creates facility wide environments where positive behavior is actively enforced while, simultaneously, youth are helped to correct problem behaviors. PBIS provides a framework for more intensive or targeted interventions to be delivered to youth who do not respond to primary intervention strategies.
The framework of PBIS empowers the DJJ Transition Teams within our facilities to identify the needs of all youth, match the level of support to the severity of the need, and then assess the youths' responses to the intervention.
The PBIS Radar Report is a tool designed to help identify youth who have had recent behavior problems. The report is used by facility transition teams and focus teams to determine which youth need to be considered “at risk” or “high risk”. In the PBIS system, these youth should be considered for specialized supports and interventions to help them develop positive strategies for coping .
Dancing and Vegetables at the Sumter YDC
The PBIS process is an evidence‐based framework that assists school teams in implementing systems change. The primary goal of the PBIS framework is to help schools design effective environments that increase teaching and learning for all students. Through a problem‐solving approach, the PBIS framework begins with examining and improving the entire school climate. Teams use data to examine the reasons behaviors are occurring and then implement changes and interventions designed to address the identified needs. PBIS is a preventative and proactive system of addressing discipline problems that includes fair and consistent discipline practices unlike traditional discipline methods that have addressed discipline problems through punishment.
The Rockdale Regional Youth Detention Center (Rockdale RYDC) would like to thank the DJJ Rescue 2 Restore Team for providing their help and services to the PBIS-SOLID (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports- Strive for Excellence - Observe All Rules - Lead by Example - Initiate Positive Change - Demonstrate Success) Program.
Youth from the DeKalb RYDC have been actively participating in PBIS programs in 2016. From St. Patrick's Day to Easter, DeKalb RYDC youth have been learning about traditions and engaging in seasonal activities that inform and entertain alike.
Challenging behaviors in school that range from disruptive classroom behaviors to physical violence are safety concerns and they represent barriers to teaching and learning. Educators and parents both share this concern.
Parents report that their main school concern is the safety of their child.
The primary goal of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is to help schools design effective environments that will increase teaching and learning for all students.