InteCare Awarded RFF-2015-09: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Initiative between CMHCs and Local Schools

In August 2015 InteCare was awarded RFF-2015-09 by the Family and Social Services Administration/ The Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA). RFF-2015-09 includes Balanced Incentive Program funds and InteCare’s role is to manage the disbursement of these funds to expand and enhance collaborations between the CMHCs and local schools. Up to a total of $5.7 million in funding will be distributed to selected CMHC/School partnerships. This initiative will be of benefit to individuals meeting qualifications for Medicaid as it will improve access to community based services and supports, and help to prevent a need for intense long term services and supports. The purpose of the collaborations is to implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in the local schools. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an approach used in schools to establish behavioral supports and social culture needed for students to help them with social, emotional and academic success. PBIS is a framework that includes evidence-based behavioral interventions and a multi-tiered approach which can focus on the primary level (school-wide), secondary level (classroom), and tertiary level (individual) based upon the needs of the students. InteCare has been working diligently to manage and oversee this initiative since August, 2015 as these funds must be encumbered by April 30, 2016. InteCare has been responsible for all tasks associated with the formal announcement of funding and reviewing all subsequent proposals to make sure they meet specified criteria. InteCare’s primary role is to provide oversight to ensure funds are being spent as intended. In doing this, InteCare has developed an internal PBIS Committee for review of all submitted documentation including initial eligibility details, completed need/readiness assessments, proposed action plans, requested updates and all reports and outcomes.

InteCare had an excellent response to this RFF and deemed approximately 200 CMHC/School partnerships eligible for this funding in late September. There are two funding points which consist of awarding up to $15,000.00 for each CMHC/School partnership that meet all necessary criteria. The first funding point was just awarded and the next funding point will be awarded in March 2016. InteCare is very excited to be part of such a great opportunity for CMHCs and local schools.