Positive supports are approaches that offer respectful, supportive, and effective ways to help people increase quality of life and decrease challenging behavior. Positive supports are used to build on a person's successes, strengths, and desires with strategies to teach new skills and change a person's environment and do not include the use of punishment.
The goal of the three categories of positive supports (Behavioral Supports and Services, Tiered Supports and MOADD) is to assist the individual, family and providers to improve quality of life and address problem situations that have a negative impact on quality of life by:
- Promoting community participation, person-centeredness and inclusion in the most integrated setting
- Focusing on creating high-quality environments
- Ensuring collaborative development of positive support strategies
- Increasing skills and self-determination of people who receive services
- Ensuring people are free from humiliating and demeaning procedures
- Eliminating the use of aversive and deprivation procedures