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BSS will work with school teams to provide training and technical assistance in response to individual-student CIRCUIT referrals related to severe behaviors (formerly Tier III) and/or Autism Identification. Students must be in referral for or currently receiving special education services in order to qualify for CIRCUIT services. A district may make a CIRCUIT referral if the behavior(s) meet the criteria of severe behaviors, which are eloping campus, serious self-injury, serious injury to peer or staff that requires medical attention.  Steps for completing a CIRCUIT referral are listed below.

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The school team meets to discuss behavior concerns and/or autism identification needs regarding an individual student. If the behavior concerns meet criteria or assistance is needed with autism identification, then the school team documents the decision on the Notice of Action. A copy will accompany the CIRCUIT referral and documented on the CIRCUIT referral under the section “what steps have been taken prior to this referral to address this problem” when the referral is submitted by a district/school administrator. 

 

For a referral related to severe behavior, a school team defines one or more severe behaviors and begins collecting scatterplot or ABC data for the behavior(s).  Data collection should continue for AT LEAST two weeks. The data should be available when the the CIRCUIT referral is submitted. 

 

The CIRCUIT administrator screens referrals with the referral source. Following screening, referrals for mild and moderate behaviors are referred for professional development. Referrals for severe behaviors and/or assistance with Autism identification are sent to the BSS Coordinator.

Data Forms:

Scatterplot Frequency Form         Scatterplot Interval Form

Step 1

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The BSS Coordinator receives a CIRCUIT referral for a severe behavior. Regardless of the referral source, the Coordinator contacts the special education supervisor to request two weeks of data for the target behaviors. The special education supervisor, or other designee, submits two weeks of data for each target behavior to the BSS Coordinator. Further information may be requested to ensure target behaviors meet criteria for a CIRCUIT referral. 

The BSS Coordinator receives a CIRCUIT referral for assistance with Autism Identification. The Coordinator contacts the special education supervisor to gather more information about the referral. 

 

All CIRCUIT referrals received by the BSS Coordinator will be screened with the special education supervisor within seven days. For those target behaviors that do not meet CIRCUIT criteria, district staff are referred for professional development. For those target behaviors that do meet CIRCUIT criteria and for requests for assistance with Autism Identification, the CIRCUIT referral is assigned to a BSS and an intake packet is disseminated within seven days to the special education supervisor for completion. The special education supervisor, or other designee, submits the completed intake packet to the assigned BSS. 

 

The BSS will schedule the first on-site visit within two weeks of receiving the intake packet. If the BSS is unable to schedule the on-site visit within this time period, then the BSS will contact the BSS Coordinator and ask for assistance. If the BSS does not receive the intake packet within two weeks, then the BSS will contact the special education supervisor. If the intake packet is not returned within two weeks of the follow-up contact, then the BSS will notify the special education supervisor that the case will be closed.

Step 2

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For CIRCUIT referrals related to severe behaviors, the assigned BSS works with the special education supervisor, or other designated designee, to assist team members with behavior programming, completion of Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), and the development of a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) if needed, for the target behaviors. The BSS provides follow-up coaching and training to team members, as needed.

 

For CIRCUIT referrals related to Autism Identification, the assigned BSS works with the special education supervisor, or other designee, to assist team members with completing an evaluation in accordance with IDEA regulations.

Step 3