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BSP Program

Enrollment Criteria

Students must demonstrate a chronic history of emotional problems across home, school and community settings. Maladaptive, inappropriate behaviors may include:

  • Oppositional Behaviors

  • Resistance to Authority

  • Isolationism

  • Social inappropriateness

  • Outbursts of verbal and/or physical aggression

  • Inability to control oneself verbally

  • Students must have a permanent residence.

It is important to note that the BSP Program is not a treatment center and is not equipped to address the following:

  • Active risk of suicide

  • Imminent risk of serious violence to others

  • Behaviors resultant of severe or profound retardation

  • Students requiring long term custodial care or full time placement outside the home

  • Students who are actively psychotic

The primary mission of the Behavioral Support Program (BSP) at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf is to provide education in a setting that addresses the social, cultural, behavioral, and psychological needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students with emotional disturbance. BSP is a highly structured educational program featuring a direct communication environment and a curriculum that meets the requirements of the Common Core Standards.

Programming is available for students from elementary through high school including a residential component. Residential placement is strongly encouraged to provide the students with continuity in the implementation of their individual behavior plan, however, it is not required. The low student to adult ratio of the BSP staff allows individualized instruction that addresses the unique learning styles of the students. Individual and group counseling services are provided as well as psychiatric and medical consultation. Parent or guardian participation is required.

The ultimate goal of the BSP Program is to return the students to regular programming in the Katzenbach School or to a placement determined at the Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. The BSP Program follows Katzenbach Schoolís 10-month school calendar. Tuition cost to school districts varies and is determined by day or residential programming, with an additional charge for students enrolled by school districts outside the State of New Jersey.

Program Goals

  • To provide educational and support services in NJ for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing students with emotional disturbance.

  • To eliminate emotional and behavioral problems which interfere with social and educational development.

  • To provide consistent behavioral systems with clearly defined goals and consequences.

  • To achieve the goals and objectives as outlined in the studentís Individual Education Program (IEP).

  • To facilitate the establishment of support systems in the studentís home community.

  • To return the student to the Katzenbach Schoolís regular program or that of his/her home community.

For Program Information email:

Mrs. Angela Budai, Head Teacher

Enrollment Information

Ms. Margaret Provost