How should the Brief Problem Monitor for Ages 6-18 (BPM/6-18) be used?
The BPM/6-18 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/6-18 is not designed for the comprehensive assessment needed to determine whether a child needs help, for what
Can the BPM/6-18 be used to evaluate outcomes of services?
Although the BPM/6-18 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.