May Institute

Clinical Philosophy

May Institute is committed to the application of behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and other evidence-based interventions to improve the lives of individuals with a range of developmental, neurobehavioral, and psychological needs and to support the systems and communities in which they function. We believe that all individuals deserve the most effective interventions with the highest level of fidelity, social significance, respect,
and cultural responsiveness.

Our interdisciplinary staff values the integration of science and practice. Our staff demonstrates proficiency in evidence-based practices such as applied behavior analysis, direct instruction, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Our overarching clinical practice is dedicated to system-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS). As such, we utilize a multitiered model of service delivery to tailor our services to the needs of our consumers across our continuum of services. We believe that evidence-based interventions are most effective when applied as early as possible, that progress must be continually monitored, that decisions about service delivery are based on clinical data, and that new or replacement behaviors can be taught. Our interventions are culturally responsive and respectful.

We have an active program of applied clinical research. We contribute to the professional literature and disseminate our work through presentations at regional and national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. We utilize science and data-based decision making to enhance our programs and the quality of life for those we serve. We are actively involved in professional associations and affiliations with agencies that share our commitment to evidence-based practice.

We actively and continuously engage in program improvement using the principles of Access, Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Satisfaction. We utilize data technologies to continuously monitor relevant indicators and outcomes and to inform quality improvement across the organization to enhance the lives of individuals, families, and communities we serve.