Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI) is a Medicaid reimbursed service that is available to children with developmental disabilities who display challenging behaviors. IBI therapists work with children to develop positive behaviors and the skills they need to function in typical home and community environments. IBI is a one-to-one service that is individualized for each child. IBI is not the name of a nationally recognized service or the name of any single approach.
Children must be found eligible before they begin to recieve IBI services and will be evaluated at least annually for continuing eligibility. To be eligible for IBI a child must:
Be determined to have a developmental disability as defined in Idaho Code. Not all children who are eligible for special education will be eligible for IBI, and not all children with an autism spectrum disorder will be eligible for IBI;
Have severe maladaptive behaviors as measured by the Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised (SIB-R) with a score of minus twenty-two (-22) or lower; and
Have a severe limitation (perform at fifty percent (50%) or less or normal age level) in verbal and nonverbal communicaiton OR social interaction OR leisure and play skills.
IBI can be delivered by a school or a Developmental Disabilities Agency (DDA). Not all schools or DDAs provide IBI. IBI staff must be certified by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare after successfully completing a course in Intensive Behavioral Intervention. The course has been developed and is monitored by the Center on Disabilities and Human Development, Idaho Training Cooperative, through the University of Idaho.
IBI can be delivered by IBI professionals or IBI Paraprofessionals. If an IBI Paraprofessional delivers IBI, an IBI Professional must closely supervise the IBI Paraprofessional and personally deliver at least ten percent (10%) of the therapy. Only IBI Professionals may conduct assessments and develop individualized IBI Implementation Plans.
For more information about Intensive Behavioral Intervention, and help for parents to choose one, click the following link: DDA IBI Parent Guide.
Guía para que los padres seleccionen servicios apropiados para niños: Intervención Intensiva en el Comportamiento
Click the following link for more information about IBI: Idaho Training Cooperative
Click the following link for a list of IBI Regional Coordinators: IBI Regional Coordinators