Community TIES

Community Training, Intervention, and Evaluation Services

Community TIES is a UW-Waisman Center behavioral support program serving primarily children/families, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities (DD) who live in the community. Our mission is to address behavioral, psychological, and emotional needs using therapeutic approaches that assure continued participation in supported community life.

These needs are commonly referred to as “challenging behaviors.” Many individuals served by TIES also struggle with co-occurring mental health issues.

What We Do

The Community TIES program contracts with Dane County Human Services and works extensively within community teams supporting persons with developmental disabilities. Examples of provider agencies include community living and work programs, public schools and Family Support services. The TIES program began in 1986 and has steadily grown in the number of persons served as well as the range of services offered.

Length of a TIES referral can range from a few meetings to multiple years of ongoing direct contact and team participation. It is common for TIES to become re-involved with individuals/teams years after an initial consultation. Consultations often span the transition from child to adult services. TIES offers a variety of Community Training activities which are attended by provider agencies from across the State.

TIES activities are a creative blend of various positive practices that have proven effective in meeting complex behavioral and mental health challenges within supported community life.

The following programs work in conjunction with TIES:

Crisis Response

Waisman Center TIES Clinic

Adaptation and Modification Program


Initial Intake/Information Form

Release of Information Form

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Community TIES Brochure



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Dual Diagnosis and Challenging Behaviors

It Takes a Village … A multi-disciplinary approach to address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness who live in our communities.

(1) James, R. & Gilliland, B. (2005). Crisis Intervention Strategies. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole, p. 3.
(2) Brammer, L. M. (1985). The helping relationship: Process and skills (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, p.95. Cited in James, R. & Gilliland, B. (2005). Crisis Intervention Strategies. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole, p. 3.