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Behavioral Supports Training

The Bureau of Behavioral Support (BBS) training mission is to provide a competent workforce through the training and technical assistance for the DDW providers that the BBS administers: Behavior Support Consultation (BSC), Crisis Supports, Preliminary Risk Screening & Consultation (PRSC), and Socialization & Sexuality Education (SSE).


Behavior Support Consultants

BSCs who are on the New Mexico DDW must meet the following training requirements; the most important occur within the first year of service: Within the first one hundred eighty (180) calendar days of becoming a BSC, individuals must complete the Beyond the ABC’s: An Introduction to Positive Behavioral Supports course; One Day Person-Centered Planning in New Mexico; and at least one (1) regional BSC Quarterly Meeting (attended in any region) offered by BBS.

Within the first year (365 calendar days) they must complete:

  1. The Introduction to Sexuality for Persons with Developmental Disabilities course; Risk Management Strategies for the Preliminary Risk Screening course;
  2. and at least one (1) more regional BSC Quarterly Meeting (attended in any region) offered by BBS.

After the first critical year, a variety of trainings and/BSC Quarterly meetings conducted by BBS are required to be completed during the second (2nd) through sixth (6th) years of practice. Aspiration Risk Management, Effective Individual Specific Training, and Risk Management Treatment Strategies regarding inappropriate and offending sexual behaviors are among some of the most important requirements during the second calendar year; other content/topical areas that must be covered during this time for BSCs are outlined in Chapter 3 of the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Service Standards.  Annual ongoing training requirements after the 6th year of service include: attendance at a minimum of two (2) BSC Quarterly Meetings offered by BBS; participation in any additional mandated trainings identified by DDSD/BBS; and the ability to substitute a training offered outside of the DDSD/BBS currently mandated trainings, if the BSC obtains prior approval from BBS.

Behavior Support Consultation Provider Agency Training Responsibilities

All BSC provider agencies are required to report personnel training information to the DDSD Statewide Training Database as specified in the DDSD Policy T-001: Reporting and Documentation of DDSD Training Requirements.

Crisis Response Staff

Crisis Response Staff (CRS) are Direct Support Personnel (DSP) who have been designated as a CRS by an approved Crisis Supports Provider Agency.  In order for a DSP to be designated as such, they must meet the following requirements: already successfully completed the required DDSD training in accordance with the DDSD Policy T-003: Training Requirements for Direct Service Agency Staff. In addition, newly designated CRS shall receive 16 hours of crisis training from BBS within ninety (90) calendar days of designation to the Crisis Response position.  Topics to be covered in this training shall include: Crisis Response Training; Clinical Training; Settings/Considerations Grid; and Positive Behavioral Supports for Crisis; CRS shall also take Introduction to Sexuality for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, a class offered at least quarterly in each region by BBS.

Approved Crisis Supports provider agencies will assure required staff has a current and clear caregiver’s criminal history screening.

Crisis Supports Provider Agency Training Responsibilities

The Crisis Supports provider agency shall report required personnel training status to the DDSD Statewide Training Database as specified in the DDSD Policy T-001: Reporting and Documentation of DDSD Training Requirements.


Preliminary Risk Screeners (Risk Evaluators)

PRSC is part of a continuum of behavior support services including BSC and SSE services that promote community safety and reduce the impact of interfering behaviors that compromise the individual’s quality of life. This service is provided by a trained licensed mental health professional that is approved as a Risk Evaluator for this service. See Chapter 18 of the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Service Standards for a complete account of the prerequisite qualifications, preliminary professional activities and trainings, and training and supervision requirements (preliminary and ongoing) necessary for provisional approval to provide this service.

Preliminary Risk Screening & Consultation Provider Agency Training Responsibilities

Providers of this service must have their approved Risk Evaluators participate in regular, mandatory update trainings at least annually with the BBS-designated trainer.


Socialization & Sexuality Education Teachers

SSE provides classes to individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) that teach the social and sexuality skills needed to make the strongest connection possible between individual personal values and healthy choices about relationships and sexuality. Socialization and Sexuality Education involves a range of professionals, family members, guardians, friends, advocates, and others who support the social and sexual lives of individuals with IDD.

Specific qualifications for professionals seeking approval to teach the Friends and Relationships Course are delineated in the following DDSD Policies and Procedures:

Lead teachers providing this service must complete student pre-requisites and student teacher training requirements in order to teach the approved Friends & Relationships Curriculum.

Socialization & Sexuality Education Provider Agency Training Requirements

See Chapter 20 of Developmental Disabilities Waiver Service Standards for a complete account of the training requirements necessary to provide this service.


Learn More

To sign up for most of the trainings that BBS provides, visit the Train - New Mexico website.