Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) are one-on-one mental health services for children with severe emotional and behavioral issues. They are designed to help children/youth and their parents/caregivers (when available) manage behaviors utilizing short-term, measurable goals based on the child’s and family’s needs. The goal is to successfully transition youth from a high level of care to a less restrictive setting and/or maintain youth in their current setting
Our TBS, provided in conjunction with other specialized mental health services, helps youth and their parents/caregivers, foster parents, group home staff, school staff or others to learn new ways of reducing and managing challenging behaviors as well as strategies and skills to increase the kinds of behavior that will allow the youth to be successful in their current environment.
TBS services can be provided at set times during the week and, in extreme cases, around the clock, seven days a week. We serve clients in both residential and home settings depending upon the specific needs of the youth. Intense coaching with the behavioral counselor helps our youth maintain the least restrictive level of care possible, by resolving problem behaviors and achieving short-term treatment goals.
Every TBS youth has a treatment plan developed in partnership with their county mental health department. Upon entering the program, each youth is assigned a TBS Counselor, who looks for “target behaviors,” which indicate problems, and provides “interventions,” to address those problems. The TBS Counselor utilizes “outcome measures,” to indicate how the youth is progressing overtime and develops a “transition plan” for future services. TBS is discontinued when the problem behavior is no longer a concern and new skills are demonstrated.
For more information about our Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) Program, please contact our Intake Department at (408) 971-9822.