Our History and Our Services

The History of Positive Behavior Support in Nevada

Positive Behavior Support-Nevada (PBS-NV) has existed in the state of Nevada since 1999, funded by the Fund for Healthy Nevada and the Aging and Disabilities Services Division.  In 2014, in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Education, PBS-NV was awarded the School Climate Transformation Grant to scale up School-Wide PBIS across the state.  In response to the newly awarded funding, PBS-NV restructured, hired new staff, and transformed into the Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center, housing six distinct projects, which are further subdivided.


School-Wide PBIS

  • School Climate Transformation Project – This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the years 2014-2019.  The grant project will serve six districts in the state of Nevada: Douglas, Pershing, Lander, Humboldt, Clark, and Washoe.
  • School-Wide PBIS (Fee for Service) – For schools and districts that are not being served by the School Climate Transformation Project, the Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center is available for training and technical assistance on School-Wide PBIS through a fee-for-service contract.

You may read more about School-Wide PBIS and request services HERE.

Facility-Wide PBIS

Facility-wide PBIS is an extension of School-wide PBIS, applied to non-school organizational settings.  The Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center holds a contract with the Department of Child and Family Services to implement PBIS in a maximum security juvenile facility, a youth psychiatric hospital, and the Nevada Youth Parole Bureau.

PBS-NV Family Services

PBS-NV is grant funded through the Fund for Healthy Nevada.  Because of this grant funding, PBS-NV is able to offer inexpensive or free behavioral services to families throughout the state of Nevada in the form of workshops and individual consultations.  The curricula for our workshops are all based on the principles of applied behavior analysis and positive behavior support.  All strategies and interventions that we teach are evidence-based, and all of our staff members are either Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), or are studying behavior analysis in graduate school.

PBS-NV is regionalized throughout the state with offices in Reno, Elko, and Las Vegas.  While we serve a majority of our clients in those areas, a specific goal of the grant is to serve rural areas.  In recent years, we have held workshops and consultations in Hawthorne (Mineral County), Winnemucca (Humboldt County), Gardnerville (Douglas County), and Silver Springs (Lyon County).

You may read more about PBS-NV Family Services and request services HERE.

PBS-NV Aging Services

This project began in 2015 with a development grant from Nevada’s Aging and Disabilities Services Division.  The PBS-Nevada Aging Project spent one year developing relationships with local agencies that provide services to the aging population, researching applications of applied behavior analysis and positive behavior support to the aging population, and individuals living with neurocognitive disorders including Alzheimer’s Disease, and developing a new training curriculum focusing on issues that affect the elderly and their care partners.  This Project includes training and consultation through workshops for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other neurocognitive disorders and their care partners and individual consultations with one of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts, as well as consultation with a clinical psychologist.

You may read more about PBS-NV Aging Services HERE.

Nevada APBS Network

The Nevada APBS Network is recognized by the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) as a Network of APBS.  The Network was formed in 2012 by members of PBS-NV with the purpose of extending the awareness of PBS in Nevada, with the ultimate purpose being to enhance the quality of life of Nevadans with disabilities and challenging behavior through directed, evidence-based instruction, consultation, and systematic change.  The goal of the Network is to build the capacity of families, schools and community agencies to provide sustainable, meaningful behavior support.

The Network is comprised of members from the Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center, from the Nevada Department of Education, the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from various school districts across the state, disability service providers, parents of individuals with disabilities, and others who are interested in Positive Behavior Support.  Anyone with an interest is welcome to join the Network, and membership is absolutely free!

You may read more about the Network, and sign up to be a member HERE.

Customized Training

The Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center employs a staff with a variety of experiences including working with children and adults with and without disabilities, with behavior problems ranging from mild to severe.  This experience includes working directly with those with behavior problems, as well as teaching others (families, siblings, caretakers, teachers, professionals, paraprofessionals, etc.) how to address problem behaviors.

As experts in the field, schools, court systems, residential homes, and government agencies have requested customized trainings from PBS-NV and the Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center based on their particular needs.  These trainings have included workshops that already exist but are tailored to specific needs, or completely new workshops designed with a specific population or need in mind.  Some recent customized training contracts have included teaching school staff how to assess problem behavior and write individualized, function-based behavior plans; a new parenting curriculum designed for a Nevada county court system for parents who have lost custody of their children and are trying to regain custody through the court system; and a state contract to implement Facility-wide PBIS in a maximum security juvenile detention facility.

If you are interested in hearing more about our customized training, you may fill out a request form HERE

Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Our Technical Assistance Center is housed in the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED) in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno.  The mission of the Nevada Center for Excellence is Disabilities is to work cooperatively with consumers, family members, and professionals to assist Nevadans with developmental disabilities of all ages to be independent and productive citizens who are included in their communities.

The NCED serves as Nevada’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).  The UCEDDs were established and funded by the Developmental Disabilities Rights Assistance and Rights Act (DD Act).  UCEDDs work to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity and community inclusion are key components of this vision.

Please visit their website to read about all of the projects that are housed at the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities.


To see our current brochure, click here: PBIS Brochure 2015v2.

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