PBIS is a proactive approach to
teaching all children what behaviors are expected and to
acknowledge student’s success. PBIS is a proactive way to support
all children, youth and their families based on their strengths and
PBIS is a collaboration of: NYS Education Department - Office of
Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with
Disabilities; NYS Education Department - Office of Elementary,
Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education; and New York State
Office of Mental Health, and Families Together in NYS, Inc.
PBIS programs include:
(Universal): All children learn behavioral expectations.
Specialized Group Interventions
(Targeted): Additional support for children who need it with
involvement from their families.
Specialized Individual Interventions
(Intensive): Teams created by and for the family with assistance
from school to meet their needs.
Behavioral Response to Intervention (RTI)
Tiered Model of
Tier III: Intensive Intervention. For students who
did not respond sufficiently toTier I or II interventions and
require further, significant behavioral supports and intervention
Tier II: Targeted Intervention. For students who require additional
intervention beyond Tier I supports to foster the development of
appropriate, prosocial behaviors
Tier I: Universal Supports. For all students to
encourage prosocial behaviors
Behavioral performance and data are tracked at all tier levels, with
incidents of concern entered into the school’s electronic monitoring
system. Students may be referred for Tier II intervention based on
behavioral data and following the implementation of Tier I
behavioral supports. The Behavioral RTI Team meets to discuss
student referrals and to work with teachers to plan behavioral
strategies and interventions, as well as to monitor the progress of
interventions. If inadequate progress is indicated following the
implementation of Tier II interventions, Tier III interventions are
RTI programs include:
Tier I: Positive behavioral supports
(e.g., reinforcers, praise, raffle tickets, special jobs); clear
presentation and posting of behavioral expectations; classroom
behavior management plans
Tier II: Targeted behavioral interventions
utilizing positive reinforcers for desired behaviors and
consequences for undesired behaviors; group counseling (e.g.,
social skills group); push-in supports with teaching and
modeling of appropriate behaviors
Tier III: Comprehensive Functional
Behavioral Assessment (FBA), individualized Behavior
Intervention Plan (BIP) utilizing positive reinforcers for
desired behaviors and consequences for undesired behaviors;
individual or group counseling; potential referral to CSE
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