COVID-19 Spotlight Story: OSHP Consults Portsmouth Health Officers

New Hampshire hasn’t faced a pandemic like COVID-19 before, at least not since the Spanish Flu.  As the state began taking measures to encourage social distancing, workers deemed essential continued to support the public despite limited guidelines and access to PPE. To help protect our Granite State’s workforce, Portsmouth Health Officers reached out to the Institute on Disability’s Dr. Karla Armenti for assistance.  

RENEW and Wraparound Teams Support New Ways of Working

All of us are now in the situation of making major and often stressful adjustments to how and where we work. Additionally, many of us have added responsibilities of supporting our children to learn while at home. The RENEW and Wraparound staff at the IOD were immediately faced with the challenge of how to support treatment providers and educators who are working with children and youth with significant emotional and behavioral concerns and their families.

IOD Responds to COVID-19

At the Institute on Disability, we’re working to do our part to ensure the safety, well-being, and health of the communities in which we operate by providing technology, tips and resources for individuals with disabilities, their families, and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Heidi Cloutier Becomes Certified as PBIS Trainer

The Northeast Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (NEPBIS) Network endorsed Heidi Cloutier as a PBIS Trainer in May of 2017.  To become endorsed, Heidi completed and met competencies of the rigorous two year Northeast PBIS Training of Trainers (NEPBIS TOT) and demonstrated the ability to effectively train and support schools in implementing PBIS with fidelity.

4 Resources to Support Students During the Pandemic

Teachers across the country are working hard to translate their effective practices to work in remote learning spaces. Students are learning how to connect with each other from a distance. Families are doing their best to navigate the new normal in their homes. During these uncertain times, the Center on PBIS wants to share the resources available to help guide the work you do around student behavior.  Read more

Windows of Opportunity

In his theory of how and why topics rise to be on the national policy agenda, John Kingdon (1984) talks about windows of opportunity. People, and particularly policy leaders, are bombarded with information about various problems that need policy solutions; however, only a few issues rise to the level of attention and action.  When policy ideas, public opinion, and political leadership are joined together (Kingdon says: “a problem is recognized, a solution is available, and the political climate happens to be right, all at the same moment”), then a window o