Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
should the Brief Problem Monitor (BPM) be used?
The BPM is designed to monitor children's responses to
interventions (RTIs) over periods of days, weeks, or months.
It is also designed to monitor children's functioning
during the course of services in special education, outpatient,
inpatient, residential, and other contexts. The BPM is
not designed for the comprehensive assessment needed to
determine whether a child needs help, for what problems,
or the kind of help needed. Instead, more comprehensive
instruments such as the CBCL/6-18, TRF, and/or YSR should
be used in conjunction with other assessment methods such
as interviews, tests, medical evaluations, and developmental
histories to identify children's needs and to design interventions.
the BPM be used to evaluate outcomes of services?
the BPM is designed to monitor children's responses to
interventions (RTIs) and their functioning during the
course of services, the ultimate outcomes of interventions
and services should be evaluated by comparing outcome
scores on more comprehensive instruments with initial
scores on the same instruments, such as the CBCL/6-18,
TRF, and YSR. Comprehensive outcome assessments are needed
to detect improvements, failures to improve, and worsening
in more aspects of functioning than can be assessed with
any brief instruments.