Behavior Support Plans (BSPs) For Clients of SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN)


Fact sheet

Behavior Support Plans (BSPs) For Clients of
SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN)1

What is a Behavior Support Plan (BSP)?

BSPs are plans developed to support persons receiving services from DDSN who exhibit inappropriate behaviors. Inappropriate behaviors are actions that get in the way of a person’s daily functioning or create a risk of harm to the individual, other people or their environment. Some inappropriate behaviors would be hitting, spitting, throwing things or running away. A BSP helps individuals understand why their behaviors take place and teaches new, more appropriate behaviors.

What does a BSP include?

Who takes part in the BSP process?

When is a Human Rights Committee (HRC)2 required to review a BSP?

The HRC serving the consumer must review any BSP that includes:

Are there some procedures that cannot be used as part of a BSP?

DDSN does not allow these procedures:

How often is a BSP reviewed?

A professional staff person who meets DDSN standards for knowledge of behavior supports must review the plan at least monthly. The HRC must review any plan including restrictive procedures at
least annually.

What if the consumer and other members of the planning process cannot agree?

DDSN has two policies (directives) to resolve complaints: “Concerns of People Receiving Services:
Reporting and Resolution”3 and “Internal Grievance/Appeal Procedures for Applicants and Services
Recipients”4. The concern/complaint process is an informal way to resolve problems with services,
supports, or programs operated or funded by DDSN, a DSN Board, or a contract provider.

If a person is not satisfied with the result of the concern/complaint process, s/he may file a
grievance. A grievance may be filed about:

DDSN should not take the appealed action until the appeal is resolved unless not taking the action
would harm the consumer. For example, a person who started a fire could lose his or her lighter
while the appeal is going on.

If the disagreement is about a rights issue, such as the use of a type of restraint, the matter would
go through the appropriate Human Rights Committee. If the consumer receives Medicaid, and
Medicaid services are being denied, s/he may be able to file an appeal with the South Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services.

1 Behavior Support Plans, (12/06)
2 The DDSN Directive governing Human Rights Committees, 535-02-DD, is at (12/06)
3 (12/06)
4 (12/06)

This publication provides legal information, but is not intended to be legal advice. The information was based on the law at the time it was written. As the law may change, please contact P&A for updates.

This publication is funded in part by the US Department of Health and Human Services (Administration on Developmental Disabilities). It does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding authorities.

P&A does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, gender, or national origin in the provision of its programs or services. Pete Cantrell is P&A’s designated coordinator for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
July 2009

View a PDF of this Document