Behavior Support Ryan Braun December 10, 2019

Behavior Support

Developing a comprehensive picture of a person’s unique path in life and their resilience skills is a critical part of support strategies to keep them safe. Hamilton County DD Services’ Behavior Support team helps prevent incidents by focusing on both real and perceived safety.

“We come in when a person is a risk to themselves or others and is in need of a more intense and proactive approach,” said Kimi Remenyi, behavior support supervisor for HCDDS. “We work closely with SSAs, providers and families to figure out a team’s capacity to safely support an individual. The goal is for our role to be temporary, but we will stay as long as needed to help.”

Using trauma-informed care, behavior support specialists conduct comprehensive assessments to determine what the person is communicating through their behavior and to generate strategies to address unsafe behaviors. This team has a variety of expertise, from childhood trauma and abusive relationships to criminal justice involvement and applied behavior analysis.

Our Behavior Support team works closely with the Resilience Project, Project CARE and the RISE project, all of which include multiple agencies working as one group to support individuals.

HCDDS also has a Human Rights Committee (HRC), which consults on all measures considered restrictive in nature. The HRC uses data-based analysis to determine the need for a restriction and evaluates strategies to eliminate the need for the restriction in the future.