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State Mandated- Texas Behavior Support Initiative

January 31, 2023

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The Texas Behavior Support Initiative was developed by the Statewide Behavior Network to meet the training requirements of TAC 89.1053 and provide foundational information on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. TBSI training was initially conducted during the 2002-2003 school year. The TBSI online training was created to provide an additional tool for schools to provide training to the rest of their staff in a way that was efficient and easily accessible. The expectation still exists for every campus in Texas to maintain a core team that has been trained in the free online training sessions. TBSI training is designed to assist campus teams in developing and implementing a wide range of behavior strategies and prevention-based interventions. These skills help educators establish school-wide, classroom, and individual student-level systems of support.

Important Information

The Texas Behavior Support Initiative, or TBSI, is a legislatively mandated state-level training by Senate Bill 1196 and the Texas Administrative Code. §89.1053. The TBSI training is designed to provide foundational knowledge for the use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for students with disabilities as well as with all students. While the TBSI training meets legislative requirements related to procedures for the use of restraint and time-out, it also provides a framework for sharing a wide range of foundational level behavior strategies and prevention-based school-wide, classroom, and individual interventions.

As of October 1, 2020, the TBSI free online training will be supported by the Tiered Interventions Using Evidence-Based Research Network, or TIER (a project funded by the Texas Education Agency). The course has been reformatted and transferred from the Region 4 website to a Canvas course hosted by TIER. The course can be accessed via 

*Any staff who may, or has, restrained a child needs the online TBSI training plus an approved restraint training.


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