Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS)

 IBHS For Children & Families


What Are Intensive Behavioral Health Services?

Intensive Behavioral Health Services (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.

The IBHS services include:

  • Behavioral Services Consultant
  • Mobile Therapy
  • Behavioral Health Technician (Formerly known as Therapeutic Support Staff or TSS) 

Our behavior consultants are all trained and have experience in applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA is a scientifically proven approach for helping children to make lasting behavior change. It is effective at teaching children’s appropriate ways to express emotions and needs and achieve success at home and in school.

Our mobile therapists are all trained and have experience in the social thinking model and trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT). Social thinking is a research-based model that focuses on age appropriate social and emotional regulation skills. TF-CBT is designed to help children who have experienced traumatic events, grief, and loss.

Our behavioral health technicians (BHT’s) provide one on one direct treatment under the supervision of the behavioral consultant. A BHT implements the goals and interventions outlined within the child’s treatment plan.


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

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
  • Emotional regulation difficulties

Our goal is to assess mental health and/or behavioral concerns. Our service is designed to empower parents, caregivers and/or teachers so they have the tools to successfully support the child’s needs once IBHS comes to an end.


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.

A referral for IBHS can be made by contacting the IBHS Program Manager at 814-878-5945.

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

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