The Behavior Support Services (BSS) program is designed to serve special education students who have been identified as having serious emotional and/or behavior problems, typically associated with an Emotional Disturbance, Autism, or Other Health Impairment, that interfere with their ability to be successful in the general education setting.  The purpose of the program is to provide support, as well as in-depth, intensive, and individualized instruction in the areas of academics, challenging behavior, and social and emotional development.  Doing so allows students to succeed academically, become more self-sufficient, and function appropriately in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

Placement in the program should ensure that students:

1.  Develop academic/social/emotional/behavioral competencies
2.  Develop skills necessary for regulating behavior within appropriate expectations, as stated in the student’s Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
3.  Develop skills to improve academic performance as stated in the Individual Education Plan (IEP)
4.  Develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving
5.  Develop skills for building and maintaining satisfactory  relationships with peers and adults
6.  Develop skills in decision making and self-management
7.  Prepare students to transition back into the inclusive environment