Standards for behavior support
In addition to the intensive staffing support provided throughout DAP, I formalized standards for Behavior support to promote timely development and progress monitoring of behavior plans based on a functional behavioral assessment and promoting positive and proactive interventions (Doehring and Winterling, 2011, 2013). This included the development of a series of specific triggers for PRC review, and careful tracking of changes in the types of recommendations made.
Training and technical assistance
I developed and implemented comprehensive, grant-funded programs of training and technical assistance in Behavior support for DAP Psychologists and Behavior analysts statewide. Training included independent experts, case presentations, written standards, reviews of peer-reviewed research, and templates for critical documents. More than 25 staff members completed 18 hours of initial training, and 7-14 hours of annual updates between 2004 and 2008, and some subsequently presented relevant findings at a national conference. In addition, these behavior standards were incorporated into training provided to more than 65 teachers as part of master-level accreditation in ASD (described elsewhere), and presentations provided to more than 300 other staff and parents statewide as part of day-long workshops in ASD. This program of training was partially supported by grant from the state Department of Education.
Independent Peer Review
I also provided oversight through direct coaching and formalized and implemented comprehensive mechanisms of independent peer review to ensure compliance with these standards (Doehring and Winterling, 2011, 2013). I ensured that it provided regular oversight statewide to all eligible students. This included the development of a series of specific triggers for PRC review, and careful tracking of changes in the types of recommendations made. I also led the development of inter-agency agreements to share responsibility for the funding and oversight of these programs between local and state education agencies.