Minnesota Positive Behavior Support Network (MN-PBS) Launched
In June, the Minnesota Positive Behavioral Support Network (MN-PBS) was launched. ICI staff were key in bringing together leaders from the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Human Services, University of Minnesota, Minnesota State University-Mankato, St. Cloud State University, and University of Saint Thomas to submit an application for network membership to the national Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS). Networks are informal communities of practice within states and countries that are addressing positive behavior support (PBS) systems change. Network goals include increasing collaboration of programs, initiatives, and people implementing PBS across the lifespan; leveraging limited resources; encouraging high standards of practice; and increasing access to PBS across the state. The newly-established Minnesota network had its first meeting on June 29, and included Eileen Klemm and Rachel Freeman as ICI representatives. The network will soon create an action plan. “Everyone is welcome!” says Freeman, who led the effort to make MN-PBS Network an official APBS network. “Join us as we expand PBS across the state.” Contact Rachel Freeman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tim Moore (email@example.com) for more information.