Tuesday, July 10, 2012

What does BHRS, BSC and TSS stand for?

There have been many times when I've been asked what BHRS, BSC and TSS stand for within our discussions on the Grape Jelly on Pizza page.  Here is a brief definition of them.  My son currently has these services and has had them since he was 4 years old.  They are beneficial to him due to the fact he has autism and behaviors that need to be addressed.  If you aren't sure how to get these services, please ask your Developmental Pediatrician or your child's Psychologist.

Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) 

Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) are administered through the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) in the Department of Public Welfare (DPW). Children and adolescents who have medical assistance (MA) are eligible to receive medically necessary BHRS services until the day before their 21st birthday.
BHRS is a rehabilitative, MA-funded program providing trained professional support for youth to reduce or replace challenging behavior with positive, socially appropriate behavior. BHRS are family and child-centered and can take place in a variety of settings, including the home and community. Services are defined by the Behavior Treatment Plan, or Behavior Care Plan. Progress is monitored with data, updated regularly and reevaluated every four to twelve months.

Behavioral Specialist Consultant (BSC)

Behavior Specialist Consultants are professionals with a master’s degree in psychology, education, social work, or other related field and one year paid experience working with children in a CASSP approved program. All BSCs working for Autism Behavioral Services, Inc. are supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). BSCs conduct functional behavior assessments, write treatment plans, and supervise the implementation of the program.

Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS)

Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) are professionals with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or a related field and one year paid experience working with children in a CASSP approved setting. The TSS provides one-to-one intervention to the child or adolescent in the location where services are indicated. The TSS works under the behavior program and supervision of his/her Behavior Specialist Consultant (BSC).

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