Clinical Services

Bellwether Behavioral Health prides itself on the success of its clinical program. Our clinical team is committed to changing maladaptive behavior and more importantly, the lives of children and adults with severe and challenging behavior.

Bellwether Behavioral Health utilizes the principles and methods of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to decrease the frequency of maladaptive behaviors and increase pro-social behaviors, functional and vocational skill acquisition, and educational achievement. When an individual is admitted to one of our programs, we conduct a functional assessment to ascertain the environmental factors that affect behavior. We also rule out the possible influence of medical issues on the occurrence of behavior problems. Information from the assessment is then used to develop an individualized, positive, person-centered, supportive treatment plan for each individual that optimizes those conditions to promote the learning of adaptive skills and behavior.

  • Treatment plans are designed to decrease maladaptive behavior and increase pro-social, adaptive behavior.
  • Intensive functional skill instruction and enhancement is embedded in all daily activities.
  • Alternative replacement behaviors, such as effective communication and cooperation, are positively reinforced. A cornerstone of Bellwether Behavioral Health’s clinical strategy is the teaching and strengthening of appropriate, pro-social skills such as communicating, socializing, coping, and cooperating.
  • We utilize a sophisticated video monitoring system, which allows clinicians, educators, and administrators to observe and verbally interact with individuals and staff in classrooms, vocational settings and residences.


All of our behavior programs conform to Bellwether Behavioral Health’s Behavior Management Guidelines. Moreover, all behavior plans are reviewed by a human rights committee (HRC) and peer review committee (PRC). The HRC consists of members from the community. Consent is obtained from the parent/guardian and the physician reviews the procedures used in each individual’s behavior treatment plan. Behavioral progress is reported in a quarterly report and submitted to the appropriate agencies and parents.