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1. If your state has legislation in progress for licensure of behavior analysts, please

Email us with state, number of the applicable bill, and a link to the legislative website,

and we'll add/update the information.

2. If your state recognizes BACB certificants for reimbursement under independent practice, please

Let us know what department, conditions and regulation (if you know).


MAP: Licensing of Behavior Analysts

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General references on professional licensure


Professional and occupational licensure in the United States : an annotated bibliography and professional resource

by Robert L Hollings; Christal Pike-Nase

Language: English Type: Book

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.

ISBN: 0313304408 9780313304408 | OCLC: 37546889

Library holdings

and limited preview of the text and index


Something from a profession that is examining these kinds of questions, which gives some perspective on the kinds of issues

ASET--Representing the electroneurodiagnostic profession

White Paper on Occupational Regulation



Questions to consider if examining the question of licensure of a profession



"ABAI's Commitment to Licensing of Applied Behavior Analysts"


Article: ABAI's Commitment to Licensing of Applied Behavior Analysts

Michael Weinberg, Ph.D., BCBA

ABA-International Newsletter, volume 31, 3. 2008. 

"At its recent meeting, the ABAI Executive Council approved in principle to move forward with the Practice Board’s proposal to pursue licensure for applied behavior analyst practitioners. The Practice Board and Council have carefully considered the future needs of the field and the profession, as well as the needs of the public for quality of services and protection and third party payment for behavior analysis services. The Licensure Committee of the Practice Board will be chaired by Michael Weinberg, Ph.D., BCBA. This Committee will begin by selecting members and will then begin work in collaboration with key individuals in the field, as well as other boards within the Association to formulate the educational and practice requirements that would be recommended for states to enact in licensure bills for applied behavior analysts and for the creation of applied behavior analyst licensure boards...."

Full article



Example of model licensing act(s) and bills





ABA International currently has a draft in review (3/21/09)



Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. ®

February 2009



Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA)

Adopted February 25, 2009



Suggested language

01/05/2008 12:32:44 PM -0600

DRAFT: Model Licensing Act for Behavior Analysts





As part of the passage of the PA Autism Insurance Act (Act 62), there was a provision on the licensure of Behavioral Specialists. The goal of the licensure for Behavior Specialists is to effectively license and create networks of effective specialists who will be able to evaluate and implement treatment plans for children with autism.


Licensing requirements for Behavioral Specialists are outlined in Act 62:


  • Has received a master's or higher degree from a board-approved accredited college or university in a related field of study;

  • Has completed relevant educational and training programs, including but not limited to professional ethics, autism specific trainings, assessments training, crisis intervention, and family collaboration;

  • Has at least one year of experience involving functional behavior assessments;

  • And has completed at least 1000 hours in direct clinical experience with individuals with behavior challenges or at least 1000 hours experience in a related field with individuals with autism spectrum disorders.


Behaviorial Special FAQs


Text of HB 1150

The autism insurance bill defining the competencies and conditions of licensure for behavioral specialists.






Proposed Statutory Change to Expand Licensure of Behavioral

Health Professionals or Licensed Psychologists to Include

Board Certified Behavior Analysts


Text of AZ statute 32-2091-to 32-2091-13, related to regulation and licensure of Behavior Analysts.


|HB 2275 - text of the bill that was ultimately passed to approve licensure. This was the succeeding bill to HB 2470, which was vetoed by the Gov. on 6/6/08.


Memo dated 8/4/08 from Board of Psychologist Examiners re: Behavior Analysts


Current Bill in 2009 session: ARIZONA HB 2207

Removal of behavior analysts from Psychologist Examiner Board. Creation of separate Board with separate funding. Conditions for repeal of Behavior Analyst licensure if conditions not met by specified date(s).


Status as of 6/12/09 HB2207: AN ACT [Status]

Amending sections 32-2063, 32-2065, 32-2091, 32-2091.02, 32‑2091.04, 32‑2091.06, 32-2091.07 and 32-2091.09, Arizona Revised Statutes; providing for the delayed conditional repeal of title 32, chapter 19.1, article 4, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending LAWS 2008, chapter 288, section 9; relating to behavior analysts.

Status of this bill is that it passed in the Arizona House on 6/10/09 [Enrolled House Bill 2207]


Transmitted to the Senate on 6/10/09 for first reading on 6/11/09, Assigned to

Health & Rules on 6/11/09 , second reading in the Senate on 6/12/09,

 If HB 2207 is going for third read the earliest opportunity is F 6/19/09 9am, but it's uncertain on the status as there is less than two weeks to the end of the legislative session and the Senate has 500+ bills to go through



2009 NEVADA AB 162 legislation to license those with BACB certification and those delivering direct implementation

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2009 OKLAHOMA SB 135 legislation to license those with BACB certification

Note: Needs to be updated to reflect passage of SB 135; mirror bill of HB 2027

Floor Amendment/Floor substitute for HB 2027, House of Rep. OK, HB2027 FA3-A2 Steele 2/11/2009 7:59 pm, Steele, Sullivan and McDaniel

"An Act relating to autism; defining terms; providing for the licensing of certain persons; stating qualifications; providing for renewal; stating duties of licensee; prohibiting certain act; providing penalites; "etc. 


Recent articles on Licensure and the BACB Certification



Background and Editorial on Licensing of Behavior Analysts


Cautilli, J., & Dziewolska, H. (2007). Editorial on behavior analytic licensure: General historical issues of why people oppose licensing and the common replies. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 4(1), 1-13.

Full text article. Accessed 2/16/2009.


Cautilli, J.D., & Weinberg, M. (2007a). Editorial: To license or not to license? That is the question: Or, if we make a profession, will they come?. The Behavior Analyst Today, 8(1), 1-8.

Full text article. Accessed 2/16/2009.


Cautilli, J.D., & Weinberg, M. (2007b). Editorial – Beholden to other professions.The Behavior Analyst Today, 8(2), 111-112.

Full text article. Accessed 2/16/2009.


Cautilli, J.D., & Weinberg, M. (2008). Licensure as a postmodern hero. The Behavior Analyst Today, 9(1), 1-3.

Full text article. Accessed 2/16/2009.


Dorsey, M.F., Weinberg, M., Zane, T., & Guidi, M.M. (2009). The case for licensure of applied behavior analysts. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 2(1), 53-58.

Link to journal-for-purchase.


Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Licensing of Applied Behavior Analysts

ABA International Practice Board

Accessed 6/4/09


A Primer on Professional Credentialing:Introduction to Invited Commentaries on Licensing Behavior Analysts

Gina Green, Ph.D., BCBA, Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. & James M. Johnston, Ph.D., BCBA, Auburn University

Accessed 6/6/09


Published final version as

Green, G., & Johnston, J.M. (2009a).  A primer on professional credentialing: Introduction to invited commentaries on licensing behavior analysts. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 2(1), 51-52. Link to journal-for-purchase.


Licensing Behavior Analysts: Risks and Alternatives

Gina Green, Ph.D., BCBA, Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. & James M. Johnston, Ph.D., BCBA, Auburn University

Accessed 6/6/09


Published final version as

Green, G., & Johnston, J.M. (2009b). Licensing behavior analysts: Risks and alternatives. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 2(1), 59-64. Link to journal-for-purchase.


Hassert, D., Kelly, A., Pritchard, J., & Cautilli, J. (2008). The licensing of behavior analysis: Protecting the profession and the publicJournal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention. 5(2), 8-19.

Full text article. Accessed 2/16/2009.


Mattaini, M.A. (2008). Editorial: Licensing behavior analysts. Behavior and Social Issues, 17(2), 115-118.

Full text article. Accessed 3/25/09



Background on the BACB Certification


Shook, G.L. (2005). An examination of the integrity and future of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board credentials. Behavior Modification, 29, 562-572.

ABSTRACT only. Requires subscription or purchase for full text.


Shook, G.L., Ala'i-Rosales, S., & Glenn, S.S. (2002). Training and certifying behavior analysts. Behavior Modification, 26,27-48.

ABSTRACT only. Requires subscription or purchase for full text.



State recognition of BACB certificants

If your state recognizes BACB certificants for reimbursement under independent practice,

please Let us know what department, conditions and regulation (if you know).


"...the BCBA certification is currently recognized and services are reimbursed in only a few states (for example, Alabama, California, and Florida). Specific services for children with autism, particularly in home services, are also being reimbursed in Minnesota, Maryland, and Connecticut, although other states are working on it as well. We are developing mechanisms to coordinate information on certificate recognition and funding sources between various state and country behavior analysis organizations. In addition, we plan to develop and support training efforts directed toward strategies these organizations might employ to increase credential recognition in their areas..."



Volume 29,2006,Number 2

The Professional Affairs Board

By Dr. Thomas Zane

Professional Affairs Board Coordinator



BILL SP 226, LD 611: 2009 MAINE - to provide reimbursement via MaineCare to Board-Certified Behavior Analysts


SP 226, LD 611

"An Act To Provide Reimbursement in the MaineCare Program for Board-certified Behavior Analysts"


ILLINOIS: BCBAs in schools (House Bill 4987)Enrolled as Public Act: 094-0948; Effective 1/1/2007


Defines “Behavior Analyst” as a person certified by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board; and adds “Behavior Analyst” to that list of persons defined



INDIANA PL 43--Related HB1288 WAS Establishes licensing board for behavior analysts; NOW codifies BACB competencies.



Indiana House Bill 1288

Behavior analysts. Provides that an individual commits a Class B

misdemeanor if the individual professes to be a certified behavior

analyst and the individual does not hold and maintain the certified

behavior analyst credentials administered by the Behavior Analyst

Certification Board, Inc.

Citations Affected: IC 25-41.

03/10/2008 H Signed by the Governor

04/04/2008 H Public Law 43

04/04/2008 H Effective 07/01/2009





"Inside HB 1288: Certified Behavior Analyst"  blogspot 



VIRGINIA (Medicaid waiver reimbursement)


Medicaid Memo dated 6/26/06

Effective date July 1, 2006

Accessed 2/26/08


"The purpose of this memorandum is to notify Medicaid providers of the changes in provider qualifications for Behavioral Therapeutic Consultation services for the Mental Retardation (MR) Waiver. The same provider qualifications will apply to the Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Support (IFDDS) Waiver when the final regulations are effective fall 2006.


All providers enrolling as new Medicaid providers of behavioral therapeutic consultation on or

after July 1, 2006, must possess one of the following:

A Virginia license as a psychologist, psychiatrist, professional counselor, clinical social worker, or psychiatric clinical nurse specialist; OR


a certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA); OR


an endorsement as a Positive Behavioral Supports Facilitator issued by the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. Scholarships for this program are available from the Partnership for People with Disabilities. See contact information below.


This will allow the provision of two additional modalities of therapeutic consultation – Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) – to be billed as Medicaid MR Waiver services.



For information concerning Final Regulations, see Information Page.


Symbol Key

Roman type indicates existing text of regulations. Italic type indicates new text. Language which has been stricken indicates

text to be deleted. Bracketed language indicates a change from the proposed text of the regulation.



Title of Regulation: 12 VAC 30-120. Waivered Services (amending 12 VAC 30-120-700, 12 VAC 30-120-710, and 12 VAC 30-120-720).

Statutory Authority: §§ 32.1-324 and 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: October 1, 2003.

Agency Contact: Diane Thorpe, Director, Division of LTC, Department of Medical Assistance Services, 600 E. Broad Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 371-8490, FAX (804) 786-1680 or e-mail dthorpe@dmas.state.va.us


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