Behavior Support Services

People with developmental disabilities experience high rates of behavior problems, from inappropriate social interactions to severe aggression. Two programs at the Nisonger Center develop, implement, and monitor behavior support plans to help meet the needs of these people and their families.

The Behavior Support Services serves children and adults who are referred from the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD). Dr. Betsey Benson directs services for the adult population; Dr. Luc Lecavalier directs services for children and adolescents.

Behavior Support Services staff in both units includes psychologists, full-time behavior specialists, and graduate students. Nisonger Center staff meet with families, service providers, day program, transportation, and residential personnel at the person’s residence or other location to conduct functional assessments. In consultation with the person’s team they then develop a behavior support plan that aims to decrease behavior problems and increase prosocial and adaptive behaviors.

Nisonger Behavior Support staff trains personnel in plan implementation and monitoring according to guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of DD and the Franklin County Board of DD. As the program operates under contract with the County Board, there is no cost to individuals or their families. Only Franklin County Board of DD service coordinators may make referrals.

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Simpson (adult services) at sandra.simpson@osu.edu
or (614) 685-6705

Christy Fischer (child services) at christy.fischer@osumc.edu
or (614) 685-6704

Child Behavior Support Staff:

Behavior Support Services
Room 385
McCampbell Hall
1581 Dodd Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

Adult Services
Tel: (614) 685-6705
Program Info Sheet [PDF] 

Child Services
Tel: (614) 685-6704
Program Info Sheet [PDF]