Behavior Support Rule Training Clarifies New Information

Training Sponsored by Ohio Partners in Justice

DODD and Ohio Partners in Justice collaborated to present a training yesterday on the proposed revised Rule 5123:2-2-06 (Behavioral Support Strategies that Include Restrictive Measures) that limits the use of, and sets forth requirements for development and implementation of, behavioral support strategies that include restrictive measures. The rule applies broadly across the developmental disabilities service system, and replaces rule 5123:2-3-25 and paragraph (J) of existing rule 5123:2-1-02. The training acknowledges that the rule impacts processes, assessments, environmental supports, Major Unusual Incidents (MUIs), and writing Behavior Support Plans for people with intellectual disabilities who engage in sexually offensive conduct, or other conduct that places the person or others at risk for harm.

Presenters included Randy Shively, Ph.D. and Vice President Clinical Services at Alvis House, and Scott Phillips, DODD Assistant Deputy Director for the Major Unusual Incident (MUI) Unit, as well as others with expertise in the field of behavioral support.  Training attendees included approximately 150 staff representing County Boards of DD, private providers, and other direct service personnel who work with individuals that exhibit risky behavior. Shively noted that the new behavior support rule will challenge the statewide DD community to learn how to best support these individuals in the community environment. He explained,

Risk is dynamic. It is not a static thing, and neither are the people who exhibit such behavior. So, our treatment and our approach must be creative and fresh if we are going to make progress using the least restrictive means. We must look at the data pertaining to each person, to see what makes sense.”

Related Cleveland Clinic Video

Many thanks to Willie Jones at the Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) for forwarding a link to a short, powerful video from the Cleveland Clinic that can be viewed as a helpful resource toward better understanding people served in the DD system by placing ourselves in their shoes. Jones states, “It is my hope that the new Behavior Support rule will carry a powerful message to our field that our role is to help people who are in difficult situations, or have placed themselves in a position of immediate or imminent risk. The role of our profession is to reduce the fear, risk, and vulnerability of people served by placing ourselves in their shoes, and taking an approach driven by empathy and understanding.”