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Roebuck Introduces School-Wide Positive Behavioral Support Resolution
March 8, 2010

School-Wide Positive Behavioral Support (SWPBS) is an evidence-based initiative providing an operational framework for the implementation of academic and behavioral practices that result in a more effective school environment.  Community providers of mental health and intellectual disability services play a key role in SWPBS; a number of PCPA members are already involved in implementing SWPBS in pilot schools. PCPA has been very involved in working with other stakeholders to advance SWPBS, including participating as a co-host for a statewide SWPBS Summit held in December 2008. 

With the full support of PCPA, the Disability Rights Network, the Education Law Center, The Arc of Pennsylvania, and the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania, Representative James Roebuck will soon propose a resolution calling for the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to study the use of SWPBS in Pennsylvania and other states.  The resolution directs the LBFC to evaluate the effectiveness of SWPBS in states where it has been implemented, identify costs and existing funding sources, recommend how to expand and fund SWPBS in Pennsylvania, and compile and distribute a report for the House of Representatives.  Representative Roebuck has issued a co-sponsorship memo.

It is important that the resolution have strong co-sponsorship from both sides of the aisle. PCPA invites members to contact legislators and urge them to respond to Representative Roebuck’s co-sponsorship memo and indicate support of this important initiative. Further questions may be addressed to Connell O’Brien or Anne Leisure

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