Integrated Behavioral Technologies, Inc. (IBT) was established in 2002 to address the near total lack of autism treatment services in Kansas, a state where an estimated 48% of the population lives in rural communities. IBT has developed a network of trained providers in cities, towns and rural communities across the state to provide services that range from consultation and training in homes, schools, and communities to direct in-home ABA treatment ranging from 10-40 hours/week for each individual child. The founder of IBT, Linda Heitzman-Powell, Ph.D., is a BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist, and professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Heitzman-Powell has worked for the last 25 years with children with behavioral challenges, specializing over the last 12 years with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Heitzman-Powell has been an advocate for children and families affected by autism in the state of Kansas through direct service, training, research, and her significant involvement with legislation related to the Kansas Autism Waiver and Kansas Autism Insurance Mandates (HB 2744 & HB 2367).
Since its inception, IBT has grown from Dr. Heitzman-Powell and a handful of providers providing direct ABA consultation and programming to a few families to a company that employs over 75 clinical staff across the entire state of Kansas. IBT currently utilizes a three-pronged approach to increase access to evidence-based services across the state with an emphasis in rural areas.
IBT provides ABA treatment to families across the state. IBT consultants use a combination of telemedicine and travel (sometimes to distances as much as 5 hours away) to provide ABA assessment, programming, and supervision to children in a variety of communities. IBT works with families to determine what ABA service-delivery model is most appropriate by taking into account individual child needs, family needs, local resources, and ABA coverage. When implementing intensive behavioral intervention models, IBT works with the family and community to recruit/train local service providers to work directly with the child under the supervision of the ABA consultant. IBT also provides behavioral assessment, training, and intervention services in collaboration with several schools and serves as consultants on IEPs for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. IBT now offers psychological therapy, family therapy, diagnostic assessments, and psychological assessments in addition to their ABA services in select areas and funding plans.
IBT recognizes that the best way to build sustainability of evidence-based services in rural communities is to provide education and training to the members of that local community. IBT does this through the provision of workshops for parents, school staff, and other community members (often free of charge). IBT has developed and provided evidence to support the use of training programs for behavioral technicians (those that work under the supervision of a behavioral consultant), parents of children with autism, and individuals seeking supervision in route to their Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst certifications. These programs were developed to be delivered in person or from a distance using telehealth technology. Finally, IBT serves as a practicum and internship site for students from local universities in the areas of psychology, applied behavior analysis, and other educational and social service degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Providing distance-based ABA training, supervision, and service is a relatively new area of research. IBT uses their expertise to add to the growing literature to ensure that distance-based models have the same rigor and effectiveness as face-to-face service delivery models. IBT has been awarded several local and federal grants to help support their research promoting equal access to evidence-based services and present their findings at several national and international conferences and journals in efforts to continue to build capacity and evidence to support these models.