The Nature of APBS
At the top of Figure 1, notice the Full Board and Executive Committee (Definitions of APBS Infrastructure). A Chairperson from each of the three main committees, Public Awareness and Dissemination, Training and Education, and Network Development reports on progress that is being made on the APBS action plan during the GOC meetings. As spring approaches each year, members of the GOC begin to summarize and report evaluation data during meetings. These data will be used to write the APBS Annual Report and to inform the APBS membership of the progress being made both fiscally and from the items related to the APBS action plan.
The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) is a membership organization that engages in varied activities and endeavors related to Positive Behavior Support. Positive behavior support refers to a set of processes, tools, and strategies that are used to increase the quality of life and decrease problem behaviors for children, and for adults with disabilities in a wide variety of situations and settings. (What is Positive Behavior Support?) APBS places greatest emphasis on activities associated with expanding the emerging science of Positive Behavior Support. Beyond expanding the science of Positive Behavior Support through research and outreach endeavors, APBS invests its resources in supporting networking of Positive Behavior Support implementation at local, regional, state, national, and international levels related in various contexts.
APBS is primarily a scientifically-oriented organization that is also heavily invested in supporting the effective practice of Positive Behavior Support. When APBS has completed the development of its basic infrastructure, the board will become more active (albeit on a more limited basis) in the development of policy related endeavors associated with Positive Behavior Support. APBS members have access to all association materials through various sources including the organization’s website (www.apbs.org). Further, members of the organization elect members to its governing board on an annual basis and may access those elected board members through a variety of methods including the website. Review the APBS By-Laws.
Checks and Balances on Fiscal Matters
The Board of Directors (elected by the membership) is directly accountable for all activities of the association. This includes conducting fiscal operations in a manner consistent with its By-laws as an incorporated non-profit entity. A variety of means are used by the association to operate in a fiscally responsible manner including: 1) use of an external bookkeeper (through consultant contract) to both monitor all fiscal matters in tandem with generating financial reports throughout the year, 2) periodic external overviews (through contract with ParenteBeard) of fiscal operations of the organization, 3) various communication structures between the Executive Director of APBS and the elected Treasurer of APBS, 4) documented financial updates and reports provided within the context of both meetings of the Executive Committee and the Full Board of Directors of APBS and 5) externally provided fraud protection services on all APBS accounts with M & T Bank.
APBS members vote for the Board of Directors who each serve a three-year term. Fourteen Board of Directors meet quarterly by conference call. The Board votes each year for a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer who meet monthly as the Executive Committee. The President sets the agenda for the Full Board meetings while the Executive Director, with feedback from the President, sets the agenda for the Executive Committee Agendas. Once a year, the Full board meets on-site for an entire day before the conference begins to complete the business of the Association. Additional full day meetings are scheduled, often in the summer or fall, however, this only occurs when the Board has outstanding business to be addressed. The President appoints Ex-officios to serve as non-voting members of the board when additional information from stakeholders is necessary. The Editors of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions are appointed Ex-officios during their term in office. Another three to four Ex-officios are appointed to represent stakeholder groups that currently are not reflected within the APBS Board of Directors.