Wisconsin PROMISE Tele-behavior Support Research Project
The PROMISE initiative is a federally-funded program that is using a randomized control trial design to determine if supports provided to adolescents and transition-age youth who receive Social Security Income (SSI) and their families decrease dependence on SSI and increase job attainment as well as tracking other related outcomes. The PROMISE initiative has five separate programs across the United States, and the primary investigator is working with Wisconsin PROMISE. One of the outcomes targeted by the PROMISE initiative is to provide supports to increase the rates of these youth “graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting.” To these ends, PROMISE Telehealth Behavior Support Services (TBSS) Program is an Internet-based behavioral consultation model in which a behavior consultant will address challenging behaviors that impede or prevent young adults with disabilities from acquiring jobs and taking part any other activities in integrated settings. Many of the PROMISE participants live in very rural areas where behavior support, especially from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is unavailable. Therefore, the TBSS Program will be provided via secure telehealth methods. The PROMISE TBSS Program consultants will: (a) interview parents and/or service providers, (b) coach parents and/or service providers in how to conduct behavior assessments, (c) create two behavior support plans for parents and/or service providers, (d) coach parents and/or service providers in how to implement the plans with their children/clients. Follow up and social validity data will be collected in addition to standard behavior data. A nonconcurrent multiple baseline across participants with an embedded treatment comparison design will be used to evaluate two behavior intervention plans, and data and parent and/or service provider input will be used to determine which behavior plan is put in place.