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About KIPBS
KIPBS Mission Statement
What are Positive Behavior Support, Person-centered Planning, and Wraparound Planning?
Why are Person-centered Strategies (PCP and Wraparound) Included in a Positive Behavior Support Plan?
PBS Training for Medicaid Billing Eligibility
KIPBS Facilitator Board
Free Online Resources for Professionals, Family Members, and Members of the Community
How is KIPBS Involved in Statewide Planning in Positive Behavior Support?


About the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support (KIPBS)

The Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support (KIPBS) at the University of Kansas was first established in November, 2001 in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS). SRS (currently the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services – KDADS) asked the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support to design and implement a statewide training for PBS and PCP. Individuals successfully completing the training are eligible to bill Medicaid for person-centered or wraparound planning and for positive behavior support. Children who are Kan-be-Healthy eligible are also eligible to receive these services.

Click here for more information about the Kan-be-Healthy State Plan information.

A wide variety of individuals have participated in this training system including professionals representing developmental disability, mental health, children and family services, and family members.

Click here for a list of organizations that have sent individuals through the KIPBS training.

This intensive training is one way to learn about person-centered and wraparound planning and positive behavior support. It is important to realize, however, that there are different types and levels of training available for person-centered, wraparound, and positive behavior support planning. Some professionals are interested in a simple introduction to positive behavior support planning processes while others are learning to guide teams through the actual planning process in order to become eligible for billing and reimbursement. The KIPBS project is currently working on four layers of training that will provide:

  • Awareness opportunities to introduce the basic concepts;
  • Ongoing skill building and educational opportunities for professionals and teams;
  • Facilitator training for professionals who will learn how to guide teams in the development of a person-centered/wraparound and positive behavior support plan; and
  • Ongoing mentoring for trainers who can build capacity across the state of Kansas by implementing the first three items in this list (awareness presentations, skill building, and facilitator training).

All of the materials developed by KIPBS are available at no cost online and can be embedded into an organization’s in-service and pre-service efforts.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support is to:

  • Train professionals who will facilitate individual PBS and PCP planning within their regions;
  • Create a unified network of professionals who use systems change strategies to embed positive behavior support, person-centered planning, and/or wraparound into their organizations;
  • Provide Kansans with access to a variety of online resources and materials free of charge; and
  • Facilitate statewide and organization-wide planning processes to increase the effectiveness of individual positive behavior support, person-centered, and/or wraparound plans.

What are Positive Behavior Support, Person-centered Planning, and Wraparound Planning?

Positive Behavior Support refers to a set of systems, tools and processes for organizing the social, educational, biomedical, physical, and logistical supports needed to help individuals across the lifespan achieve a higher quality of life while reducing problem behaviors that may prevent positive outcomes for these individuals. The core defining features of positive behavior support include:

  • The application of evidence-based applied behavioral and biomedical science;
  • Integration of environmental and emotional, physiological, and biomedical supports;
  • Ecologically valid, practical interventions that reflect the values, skills, and resources of the individual and his/her team (also referred to as contextual fit);
  • Commitment to socially important and durable lifestyle outcomes; and
  • Implementation of support within family and organizational systems to ensure sustainable change over time.

An important practice that should be included within the PBS process is often referred to as either Person-centered planning (PCP) or wraparound planning.

Person-centered Planning is an action planning process, directed by the individual and his/her family to address lifestyle preferences. The plan is designed based on the individual’s strengths, capacities, preferences, needs and desired outcomes. The individual is directly involved in leading the planning process, often with support from family members, friends, and community advocates. The individual participating in the PCP identifies who will attend the meetings. Careful attention is paid to creating a personalized mix of paid and non-paid services and supports that will assist him/her to achieve personally-defined outcomes in the most inclusive community setting. The individual identifies planning goals to achieve these personal outcomes in collaboration with those that the individual has identified, including medical and professional staff.

Wraparound Planning refers to a philosophy of care that includes a clearly defined planning process that is used to build positive relationships and effective support networks for children and young adults with emotional or behavioral disabilities (EBD) and their families. Wraparound planning emphasizes the following qualities: community based support, culturally relevant interventions that are individualized to a youth’s strengths, preferences, and needs, and family centered planning that empowers both the young person as well as his/her family. Wraparound plans address multiple life domains across home, school, and community. These domains include living environments, basic needs, safety issues, social and emotional needs, educational aspirations, spiritual growth, and cultural values (definition based on Lucille Eber, 2011).

Both person-centered and wraparound planning are similar strategies that focus on improving quality of life, empowering individuals and their families, and improving service coordination. Person-centered planning is more commonly used within the developmental disability field while wraparound planning is often associated with mental health and service coordination efforts for youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Both practices are used in a variety of settings. Training within the KIPBS curriculum encourages professionals to use the types of strategies that are the best fit for the characteristics and needs of the individuals, their families, and the teams with whom they work.

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Why are Person-centered Strategies (Either PCP or Wraparound) Included in a Positive Behavior Support Plan?

Improving the quality of a person’s life is an essential goal for positive behavior support planning. Beginning the team planning with person-centered strategies helps to establish the team’s vision and mission. The focus of the team meetings start with a more positive dialogue based on the individual’s strengths, interests, and long-term goals instead of on problems that occur in different situations and settings. Frequently, implementing the Person-centered or wraparound plan will result in decreases in problem behavior making a positive behavior support plan no longer necessary. Another benefit of person-centered and wraparound planning is that the information gathered can be used during the assessment phase of a positive behavior support plan. The detailed information about preferences, interests, and strengths can provide clues about why an individual may be engaging in problem behavior in certain situations and routines and how these environments can be redesigned to naturally include the individual’s interests and prompt social and communication skills that the person has already acquired. 

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PBS Training for Medicaid Billing Eligibility

The training provided to professionals who are interested in learning how to facilitate person-centered and wraparound planning, and positive behavior support is an investment of time, energy and resources. The KIPBS National Advisory Board members who helped establish the training curriculum and system all agreed that it takes a number of years to become confident effective positive behavior support facilitators. Professionals who are new to the field of person-centered planning, wraparound, and positive behavior support must learn a number of complex skills and be able to generalize information to a wide variety of problematic behaviors occurring in different settings, routines, and situations. Most behavior specialists believe that becoming an effective facilitator is a life-long learning process. KIPBS staff members provide professionals with the individualized support he or she needs to become confident as a positive behavior support, person-centered and/or wraparound Facilitator.

The training provided through KIPBS is similar to the intensity of national certification training in applied behavior analysis. For this reason, the length of time it takes to complete the KIPBS training has traditionally taken a year to complete. Professionals read online materials, participate in regional classes, and receive mentoring from individuals who have already demonstrated expertise in positive behavior support facilitation. Each professional turns in a mock case study and a “live” case studies that are scored using fidelity of implementation checklists and an impact rating scale to summarize the degree of positive change that has occurred in the lives of the children and/or adults for whom the plan was developed.

Click here for more information about the way in which case studies are evaluated.

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KIPBS Facilitator Board

The KIPBS Facilitator Advisory Board is comprised of a voluntary group of KIPBS Facilitators from across the State of Kansas as well as members of the KIPBS staff. The board meets every other month to discuss issues such as policy development around the prior authorization process, the evaluation of PBS plans, and quality assurance. All graduates of the KIPBS intensive training system are asked to volunteer 12 hours a year to the project in the form of systems change efforts (attending statewide meetings, providing in-service and pre-service training within their own organizations, mentoring professionals who are interested in positive behavior support, etc). Other activities that count as part of the 12 hours of time include attending the Facilitator Board meeting or PBS-Kansas statewide meetings. KIPBS Facilitators are part of a community within Kansas that supports training and systems change in the area of positive behavior support, person-centered and/or wraparound planning.

KIPBS Facilitator Board Mission Statement
The KIPBS Facilitator Board is dedicated to ensuring effective services for all children, adults, and families who need Positive Behavior Support Services by guiding and supporting individual and organizational practices, procedures, and policies for preventing problematic behavior while supporting and sustaining positive outcomes.
The benefit of attending the Facilitator Board is that it provides KIPBS graduates with updated information about what is happening at the state level related to positive behavior support and allows these graduates a way to work together to submit recommendations to both KIPBS staff members as well as state SRS leaders. KIPBS Facilitators are given access to a password protected section of this website in order to obtain prior authorization forms, learn more about billing issues, and share information about billing documentation. 

Interested in Becoming a KIPBS Facilitator Board Member?

If you are a current KIPBS Facilitator and are interested in becoming involved with the board, please contact Pat Kimbrough at KIPBS for details.

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Free Online Resources for Professionals, Family Members, and Members of the Community

The most comprehensive information about person-centered and wraparound planning and positive behavior support is available at the top of the home page. Simply click on the button that says KIPBS modules.
KIPBS Modules



The KIPBS training modules are very comprehensive and may be too much information for individuals looking for a general introduction to positive behavior support. If you want to find a short introduction to positive behavior support, click the button below.
What is PBS?







Behavior specialists who are interested in obtaining access to the field based activities, tools, and other resources within the KIPBS website can click on the Toolbox button found on the kipbs.org home page.
kipbs toolbox





The Toolbox contains all of the field-based activities included in the training. Other free resources on kipbs.org that may be of interest to individuals can be found in the Resource Section if you are interested in in-depth information about positive behavior support, person-centered and/or wraparound planning.

Resource Site



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How is KIPBS Involved in Statewide Planning in Positive Behavior Support?

KIPBS staff members are proud to be part of the PBS-Kansas statewide team. The PBS-Kansas statewide group is not “owned” by any one person, agency, or organization. All individuals attending PBS-Kansas contribute their in-kind time to participate in meetings that occur four to six times each year. PBS-Kansas is an approved Association for Positive Behavior Support Network (for more information, please see http://www.apbs.org/network_preview.aspx).

PBS Kansas Mission Statement
The PBS Kansas (PBSKS) initiative promotes the use of proactive evidence-based strategies to meet the social and emotional needs of all Kansans by partnering across systems to enhance behavioral expertise and use new and existing resources in an efficient, effective manner.

PBS Kansas Vision Statement
Healthy relationships built by Positive Behavior Support (PBS) enhance quality of life across the life span.

Click here to learn more about PBS-Kansas

Click on this button to read more about PBS-Kansas and Statewide planning that was written by members of the statewide team.

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