55 Pa. Code § 1155.2 - Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

ABA-Applied behavior analysis-The design, implementation and evaluation of environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior or to prevent loss of attained skill or function including the use of direct observation, measurement and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior.

Caregiver-An individual with responsibility for the care and supervision of a child, youth or young adult.

Child-A person under 14 years of age.

DSM-Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Department-The Department of Human Services of the Commonwealth.

EBT-Evidence-based therapy-Behavioral health therapy that uses scientifically established behavioral health interventions and meets one of the following:

(i) Categorized as effective by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the Evidence-Based Practice Resource Center.

(ii) Categorized as Model or Model Plus in the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development registry.

(iii) Categorized as well-established by the American Psychological Association's Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

(iv) Rated as having positive effects by the Institute of Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse.

Group services-Therapeutic interventions provided primarily in a group format through psychotherapy; structured activities, including ABA services; and community integration activities that address a child's, youth's or young adult's identified treatment needs.

IBHS-Intensive behavioral health services-An array of therapeutic interventions and supports provided to a child, youth or young adult in the home, school or other community setting.

IBHS agency-An entity that provides one or more IBHS.

ICD-International Classification of Diseases.

ITP-Individual treatment plan-A detailed written plan of treatment services specifically tailored to address a child's, youth's or young adult's therapeutic needs that contains the type, amount, frequency, setting and duration of services to be provided and the specific goals, objectives and interventions for the service.

Individual services-Intensive therapeutic interventions and supports that are used to reduce and manage identified therapeutic needs, increase coping strategies and support skill development to promote positive behaviors with the goal of stabilizing, maintaining or maximizing functioning of a child, youth or young adult in the home, school or other community setting.

Initiation of service-The first day an individual service, ABA service or group service is provided. This includes the first day an assessment is conducted.

MA-Medical Assistance.

Staff-Any individual, including an independent contractor or consultant, who works for an IBHS agency.

Young adult-A person 18 years of age or older but under 21 years of age.

Youth-A person 14 years of age or older but under 18 years of age.


55 Pa. Code § 1155.2
Adopted by Pennsylvania Bulletin, Vol 49, No. 42. October 19, 2019, effective 10/19/2019

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