Evaluating school readiness to implement positive behavioral supports

Vestena Robbins, Kari Collins, Carl Liaupsin, Robert J. Illback, James Call

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One state's efforts to assess school readiness to implement a comprehensive mental health innovation are described. To determine the likelihood of achieving success with positive behavioral supports (PBS), a process to identify school buildings ready for planned organizational change was designed and implemented within a large-scale system of care initiative in southeastern Kentucky. The salient features of the innovation are discussed, the process used to design and implement the approach is delineated, and limitations and implications of this method are considered. This multi-systemic intervention can serve as an example of the practice of organizational school psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-66
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Applied School Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 7 2004


  • Emotional and behavioral disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Organizational readiness
  • Positive behavioral supports
  • Systems of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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