BETTER VERSION OF ME
Better Version of Me
For some of us, learning skills like organization, impulse control, time management, transitioning, focusing, and controlling our emotions is easy. For others, extra supports are needed. CADC’s Better Version of Me Program uses the evidence-based practice of Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) to assist individuals with learning and mastering skills needed to be successful in life. PBS is an approach based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) paired with person centered planning.
How the Program Works
· The first step of the Better Version of Me program is to complete the Intake Process. This consists of the individual and their support team meeting with a Positive Behavior Supports Facilitator (PBSF) to discuss the individual’s strengths, preferences, goals, and the challenges that makes reaching their goals difficult.
· When the intake process is completed The Assessment Stage begins. During the Assessment Stage, the PBSF well set up and conduct several observations and interviews to learn more about the individual and work to identify areas in need of improvement as well as the best interventions to address them.
· This information will then be used to develop a Behavior Support Plan bringing you to stage three of the program. When the plan is developed a team meeting will be organized and the individual and their supporters will review the plan and receive training on the strategies as well as resources and tools to help with the process.
· During the final phase, the Monitoring Stage, the PBSF will monitor the individual and the team as they implement the plan and work towards the goals.
Who can participate in the program?
Better Version of Me is a program based on the individual’s strengths and needs and therefore can be adapted to work with those ages 5 and up. The CADC behavior team has training to support both those with and without a diagnosis.
How long is the program?
The length of the program varies and is based on the type of skill the individual is trying to learn. Traditionally those working on skills such as organization, time management, and future planning complete the program in as little as 3 months. Those in need of developing more complex skills such as transitioning, coping with change, regulating emotions and addressing self-injurious behaviors including suicidal ideations and attempts, the program can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Because CADC services are person-centered we do not have specific ending dates for our programs and base the length on the individual’s goals and the time they need to meet them.
What does the program include?
There are multiple packages for the Better Version of Me program again based on the individual’s specific needs. However, all our programs include an in-depth intake process, a thorough assessment process, an individualized behavior plan, visuals and tools to support the behavior plan, and resources and tools for the team to help with supporting the individual.
Is there a cost for the program?
The Better Version of Me program does have a cost that varies dependent on the individual’s needs and the length of the program. The cost for the program can be covered in multiple ways including the Medicaid waivers and flexible payment plans. While we at this time do not accept private insurance, we do provide information and paperwork for those with private insurance to submit for possible reimbursement.
How do enroll in the Better Version of Me program?
There are a couple of ways to get started with the program. You can:
· Fill out the referral form below and once received a member of our behavioral team will reach out to you to schedule an appointment.
· Call our office at 804-876-2115 extension 2 to get in touch with a member of our behavior team
· Email our Director of Behavioral Supports Zipporah Levi-Shackleford at ZLShackleford@creativeapproachonline.com.