Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS)

 IBHS For Children & Families

Intensive Behavioral Health Services For Children

What Are Intensive Behavioral Health Services?

A new program for children and families, Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) has been developed in Pennsylvania to replace BHRS programs throughout the state. IBHS is a short-term, intensive program for children from birth to age 21 to meet behavioral health concerns.

Behavioral support is provided wherever it is needed, including in the home, school, or daycare -wherever the child encounters challenges that need to be addressed.

All services can be provided to families through the PA Dept. of Public Welfare or can be provided by private insurance through Act 62.

The IBHS services include:

  • Behavioral Services Consultant
  • Mobile Therapy
  • Behavioral Health Technician (Formerly known as Therapeutic Support Staff or TSS)
  • In addition, group services are available through IBHS in addition to or in conjunction with the individual services. 
Intensive Behavioral Health Services For Children

Who can receive IBHS?

IBHS helps children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral challenges. Some of the common mental health diagnoses include:

  • PTSD
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, with a focus on early intervention

We also frequently work with children diagnosed with:

  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Hyperactivity
  • Down Syndrome
  • Intellectual Disabilities

The common behavioral concerns include:

  • Tantrums
  • Aggression
  • Non-compliance
  • Behaviors that jeopardize the child's safety

Our goal is to quickly assess problem behaviors and develop and initiate strategies to replace them with positive behaviors.  We also work to empower/teach families and others to support efforts to make behavior changes.

Intensive Behavioral Health Services For Children

Why is IBHS So Successful?

The Barber National Institute provides Intensive Behavioral Health Services to more than 200 children and adolescents in Erie, Crawford, Warren and Forest counties. A high percentage successfully complete their treatment plans within 12-18 months to achieve success in school and other activities.

Our behavior specialists are all trained and have experience in applied behavior analysis, or ABA. ABA is the only scientifically proven approach for helping children to make lasting behavior change. It is effective at teaching children appropriate ways to express emotions and needs and achieve success at home and in school.

Our behavior specialists work closely with parents and teachers so that all caregivers are using consistent, effective, research-based strategies to foster positive behaviors. The Barber National Institute sets itself apart by collecting and tracking measurable data to scientifically demonstrate positive behavior changes. Treatment plans utilize evidence-based models.

How To Get Started:

Parents and guardians can make a direct referral to the Intensive Behavioral Health Services by contacting the Barber National Institute. Our staff will assist you in arranging for services.

Beginning Your Services:

A Behavior Consultant (BC) will arrange a time to come to your home for an initial assessment. The BC will ask you questions about when your child's behaviors occur and how you have tried to respond to them in the past. Their goal is to determine why these behaviors occur and develop a successful treatment plan to change them.

If a TSS is part of your child's program, they will begin by spending time with your child to get to know what they like and dislike. We call this time "pairing up with reinforcement." As directed by the treatment plan, the TSS will then begin working on effective strategies to decrease negative behaviors and increase positive behaviors.

About Our IBHS Services:

State regulations specify that the IBHS staff:

  • May not provide personal care, child care (babysitting), or respite services in the home or community
  • May not serve as a classroom or academic aide in school settings
  • May not provide transportation or deliver medication to the child or family
  • In addition, staff must always work with a parent, teacher or other adult caretaker present.

For IBHS services in Erie, call 814-878-5945
The IBHS quality plan is available for review upon request. Please send all requests to

 Contact Us