Intensive Behavioral Intervention or IBI is a Medicaid reimbursed service that is available to children with developmental disabilities who display challenging behaviors.
IBI therapists work with children to develop positive behaviors and the skills they need to function in typical home and community environments. IBI is a one-on-one service that is individualized for each child and available for up to 3 years in an individuals lifetime. IBI services work to integrate caregivers by teaching them intervention skills used during IBI to further support the child’s progress through consistency.
Children must be found eligible before they begin to receive IBI services and will be evaluated every six months for continuing eligibility. To be eligible for IBI, a child must:
- Be determined to have a developmental disability as defined in Idaho Code. Not all children who are eligible for special education will be eligible for IBI, and not all children with an autism spectrum disorder will be eligible for IBI.
- Have severe maladaptive behaviors as measured by the Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised (SIB-R) with a score of minus 22 or lower.
- Have a severe limitation (perform at 50 percent or less of normal age level) in verbal and nonverbal communication OR social interaction OR leisure and play skills.
IBI can be delivered by a school or a Developmental Disabilities Agency (DDA). IBI staff must hold an applicable college degree and have extensive training and experience working with children with developmental disabilities to be certified by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Intensive Behavioral Intervention.