The Duties of a Behavioral Intervention Case Manager (BICM) include analyzing a child’s problem behavior, discovering the function of (or reason behind) the problem behavior, and developing a behavior intervention plan to eliminate the problem behavior. A Behavior Intervention Case Manager (BICM) is responsible for assisting parents, and school staff to develop a strategy for addressing a child’s concerning behavior within the school or home environment.
Many school psychologists are Behavior Intervention Case Manager (BICM) certified, and can therefore assist in the development of a functional analysis assessment and a behavioral intervention plan.
Whenever an Individual Education Plan (IEP) includes a Behavior Intervention Plan, the IEP team must be expanded to include a Behavioral Intervention Case Manager (BICM). This case manager must assist in conducting the Functional Analysis Assessment – a report that essentially outlines the problem behavior, the function of the behavior, and a functionally equivalent replacement behavior. The case manager must also assist in developing the Behavior Intervention Plan while consulting with the other team members.
According to the California Code of Regulations – Title 5, case managers must have training in behavior analysis, including positive behavioral interventions, and the ability to monitor and evaluate the appropriateness and efficacy of an implemented Behavior Intervention Plan (5 CCR Section 3052[a] and ). The Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) must indicate the frequency of consultation with staff and parents.
Even in cases when the IEP team has developed an appropriate and reasonable Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), emergency intervention may be necessary, “to control unpredictable, spontaneous behavior which poses clear and present danger of serious physical harm to the individual or others and which cannot be immediately prevented by a response less restrictive than the temporary application of a technique used to contain the behavior” (5 CCR Section 3052[i]). However, pursuant to 5 CCR Section 3052(l), emergency intervention may not include any of the following:
A BICM might conduct a threat assessment when a student’s behavior is unpredictable or spontaneous and poses clear and present danger of serious physical harm to the student himself/herself, or others and which cannot be immediately prevented by a response less restrictive than the temporary application of a technique used to contain the behavior.
School safety and violence prevention programs are encouraged for all schools. With such programs in place, a school’s campus be less likely to encounter hazardous and unsafe situations. In addition, safety and violence prevention programs will allow a BICM to reserve their talent and time for students with behaviors that could benefit from their services.