Community-Based Positive Supports

Welcome to the Community- Based Positive Supports Modules

The goal of these modules is to provide information, resources, and tools that will help support people who are transitioning from hospital and/or 24-hour inpatient services back into the community.

Major transitions in life can be challenging at any age. Many people engage in challenging behaviors that are concerning to themselves or to the people around them during difficult time periods in their lives. These behaviors can include actions that cause injury to the person or to others. The reasons why a challenging behavior occurs can help us understand how to support someone better. Understanding the function that maintains a challenging behavior provides a better understanding of what a person wants or needs and what changes can be made in the person’s everyday routines to prevent or decrease challenging behavior. Sometimes there are internal biological factors that are maintaining challenging behavior. The ways in which we respond to these behaviors can increase or decrease the behavior’s intensity and frequency.

The modules in this section of Minnesota Positive Support Practices website provide helpful guidelines, skill-building tips, and resources that can be used to support a person at any age who is transitioning from hospital or inpatient mental health settings. Positive and prevention-focused planning can create the foundation for a successful transition back into the community.

There are 4 Sections in the Community-Based Positive Supports Training:

Section 1: Introduction and Welcome to Community-Based Positive Supports Modules

Section 2: Positive Approaches to Challenging Behavior

Section 3: Skill-Building Practices

Section 4: Long-Term Planning and Supports

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This content has been made for anyone interested in supporting a person moving out of a hospital setting and back Into the community

  • Providers including administrators, supervisors, managers, and direct staff providing direct services
  • Mental health professionals
  • Hospital and nursing home staff
  • Self-advocates and families
  • Educators
  • Community members

You can see more tools and resources related to Community-Based Positive Supports by visiting the Module Resources page

  • Describe the major elements of community-based wraparound planning
  • Provide a definition of transition and how it is used in different ways to understand people across the lifespan
  • Explain how wraparound and person-centered planning are used to drive effective transition planning
  • Discuss how trauma can impact our responses to other people
  • Define how culture impacts transition planning
  • Describe what fidelity of implementation is and how it is used to ensure practices like wraparound, person-centered planning, and trauma-informed supports are used in the manner intended
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