Behavior Department

The Behavior Department at WWAARC is responsible for helping the agency adhere to the New York State’s Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) regulations that pertain to individual rights and behavior intervention, as well as providing clinical support to individuals and programs (residential/respite/day program). Behaviorists work with each individual and their team to develop, train, and implement Behavior Support Plans and Medication Monitoring Plans. They process and keep track of consents (approvals) for psychotropic medications as well as all behavior related restrictions that are in place for each person, placing emphasis on working to fade such restrictions. Behavior Intervention Specialists collaborate with each team to develop consultative information for psychiatric providers, summarizing medication effectiveness and advocating for medication decreases when warranted. They play an active role within each team, providing behavior support that focuses on a pro-active rather than a reactive approach. WWAARC prides itself on not engaging in teaching or utilizing any restrictive SCIP-R techniques. To get in contact with us please click Here

Jacquie Stacey, Assistant Executive Director of Quality Assurance at (518) 615-9798
Victoria Solimanto, Director of Behavioral Supports and Services
Kimberly Edwards-Bourdrez, Assistant Director of Behavioral Supports and Services
John McEachron, Senior BIS I
Ben Scharett, LMSW, Senior BIS I
Christie Archer, BIS- In Training
Joe Monahan, BIS I
Kristen Martin, BIS I, Intensive Behavioral Services
Yoko LaCasse, BIS II