Announcing the 2018 ORABA Conference!

ABA in Oregon – Striving for Excellence!

ORABA is excited to host our second conference this year!

October 19-20, 2018

Wilsonville, OR

This two day event will feature a keynote speaker, guest speakers, symposia, and a segment supporting families, students, and RBTs. Stay tuned for more information as our planning moves forward. We can’t wait to see you!

Friday Highlights

  • Career fair/networking in the morning
  • Parents’ sessions in the morning
  • Networking lunch
  • Invited speaker kickoff
  • Keynote speaker: Francesca degli Espinosa
  • Social event

Saturday Highlights

  • Invited address
  • Poster session and lunch
  • Practice-related panels
  • Paper sessions
  • Business meeting

Registration Fees

  • $50 flat fee CE (8 CEUs for the BACB)
  • $125 professional registration – both days
  • $75 professional registration – one day only
  • $75 student/RBT/RBAI registration – both days
  • $35 student/RBT/RBAI registration – one day only

Register Here

Select an option

Survey: Behavior Analysts’ Attitudes Toward and Perceptions of Certification versus Licensure in Applied Behavior Analysis

Dear Participant:

You are invited to participate in a study entitled, “Behavior Analysts’ Attitudes Toward and Perceptions of Certification versus Licensure in Applied Behavior Analysis” conducted by Brian Conners, Ed.S., BCBA, Frank Cicero, Ph.D., BCBA, and Shawn Capell, M.S., BCBA from Seton Hall University. We are currently recruiting participants that hold a credential as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to participate in this survey. As someone who holds this credential, you are being asked to complete this online survey consisting of 27 questions that will ask you some basic demographic information, as well as questions regarding your thoughts on licensure and certification in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Your participation in this online survey through Qualtrics, an online survey tool, is completely voluntary and you will in no way be penalized for not participating or not fully completing the survey. Your survey responses are completely anonymous. The survey will take 8-10 minutes to complete. All data collected will be downloaded and encrypted to a USB memory stick and locked away in the principal investigator’s office at Seton Hall University in order to ensure confidentiality of all data obtained as part of this study.

If you agree to participate in this study and wish to be directed to the online survey, please click here:

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!


Brian Conners, Ed.S., BCBA
Principal Investigator
Faculty Associate, ABA Program
Seton Hall University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Educational Studies
Jubilee Hall Rm. 431
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 275-2357

CDC 2018 report – “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years”

Baio J, Wiggins L, Christensen DL, et al. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014. MMWR Surveill Summ 2018;67(No. SS-6):1–23. DOI:

The latest findings from the ADDM Network provide evidence that the prevalence of ASD is higher than previously reported ADDM estimates and continues to vary among certain racial/ethnic groups and communities. The overall ASD prevalence estimate of 16.8 per 1,000 children aged 8 years in 2014 is higher than previous estimates from the ADDM Network. With prevalence of ASD reaching nearly 3% in some communities and representing an increase of 150% since 2000, ASD is an urgent public health concern that could benefit from enhanced strategies to help identify ASD earlier; to determine possible risk factors; and to address the growing behavioral, educational, residential and occupational needs of this population.

Implementation of the new DSM-5 case definition had little effect on the overall number of children identified with ASD for the ADDM 2014 surveillance year. This might be a result of including documented ASD diagnoses in the DSM-5 surveillance case definition. Over time, the estimate might be influenced (downward) by a diminishing number of persons who meet the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ASD based solely on a previous DSM-IV-TR diagnosis, such as autistic disorder, PDD-NOS or Asperger disorder, and influenced (upward) by professionals aligning their clinical descriptions with the DSM-5 criteria. Although the prevalence of ASD and characteristics of children identified by each case definition were similar in 2014, the diagnostic features defined under DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 appear to be quite different. The ADDM Network will continue to evaluate these similarities and differences in much greater depth, and will examine at least one more cohort of children aged 8 years to expand this comparison. Over time, the ADDM Network will be well positioned to evaluate the effects of changing ASD diagnostic parameters on prevalence.

CDC Report:

Autism Speaks’ article on the report:

OIT conducts research on Behavior Analysis practices

Oregon Tech faculty and colleagues are conducting a survey on behavior analysis practices. The survey seeks to identify the common processes used by practicing behavior analysts to solve clinical problems. The purpose of this survey is to inform the development of practical experience opportunities for students that will best prepare students to successfully work in applied settings after they have graduated and obtained certification.

If you decide to participate in this 10-15 min research study, you will be asked to respond to several demographic and experience-related questions and then no more than 11 questions about the steps you take when addressing novel clinical problems. There are opportunities for you to comment or add additional information to restricted choice questions, however, this is not required.

All responses will be anonymous. Participation in this survey does not involve more than minimal risk. Benefits for participation may include a contribution to the field in the form of academic and experience programs focused on developing more highly qualified practitioners in the future and the potential to re-evaluate some of your own current clinical practices.

Please use the link below to access this survey. We appreciate your time and thank you.

Updated BARB forms from the HLO

As a result of the last Rules Advisory Committee meeting, the Health Licensing Office has updated the forms from the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board! New fillable PDFs allow tabbing between fields (for some forms) and the Competency Assessment/Knowledge Skills List has been updated to reflect the wording in the full document (e.g. RBAIs no longer need to understand the difference between EAB and Methodological Behaviorism).



State licensure rules update for RBAI applicants

This change was adopted into the permanent rules on 7/28/17

From Oregon Health Licensing Office:

Interventionist registration option added

Monday, June 05, 2017

House Bill 2931 has added an option for behavior analysis interventionist applicants. Now, individuals can submit documentation of a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate OR a degree from a post-secondary institution. (OAR 824-030-0040 will be amended to reflect the change.) All other rules regarding registration remain in effect.

Legislation Alert – proposed changes for education requirements for RBAIs.

Currently, anyone wishing to become a Registered Behavior Analysis Interventionist must submit proof of education in the form of a high school diploma or GED certificate. This proposed rule change will amend OAR 824-030-0040 to allow those who do not hold a HS diploma or GED but have received a degree from a post-secondary institution to apply for RBAI status. See text from a recent letter sent out from Anne Thompson, policy analyst at Oregon’s Health Licensing Office.

Date: June 1, 2017

To: All interested parties

From: Anne Thompson, policy analyst

Subject: Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board registration change

Gov. Kate Brown has signed House Bill 2931, which adds a qualification option for registering behavior analysis interventionists. It amends administrative rule 824-030-0040.


Now, applicants for registration can: Submit documentation of a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate or a degree from a post-secondary institution. All other administrative rules regarding qualifications remain in effect. The documentation option has been added to application forms available on the Health Licensing Office’s website. The rulemaking process has begun to align the rules with the statutory change. The proposed rule can be seen at: and will appear in the July 1, 2017, Oregon Bulletin. If anyone wishes to comment on the change, comments will be taken from 9 a.m. July 1 to 9 a.m. on July 28, 2017. The proposed administrative rule is scheduled to become permanent on Aug. 1, 2017.

Submit all comments to Anne Thompson at or 1430 Tandem Ave. Suite 180, Salem, OR 97301-2192. Comments received after 9 a.m. on July 28 will not be considered. For more information, call (503) 373-1904 or email

Support the continuation of the Affordable Care Act – heavily involved in affordable access to ABA in Oregon

Access to insurance-funded ABA in Oregon involves a combination of five state and federal laws/statues. Changes to the Affordable Care Act could have a huge impact on our clients’ ability to acquire/access coverage for those services. A big post on this topic coming in the next day or so with information on how to contact your senators and support upholding the full ACA.

In the meantime, please read Autism insurance expert Paul Terdal’s website: Autism Insurance of Oregon and subscribe to his email list. He recently posted on some big changes to OHP and on the potential effects of an ACA repeal. Here is a quote from his summary:

“Autism Health Insurance Reform in Oregon relies on a complex combination of state and federal laws, including:

  • ORS 743A.168 – Oregon’s Mental Health Parity law from 2005
  • ORS 743A.190 – Oregon’s first autism mandate from 2007
  • SB365 (2013) and SB696 (2015) – Oregon’s revised autism mandates which specifically describe minimum requirements for coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)
  • The Affordable Care Act

These laws overlap and enhance each other; for instance, SB365 required coverage of treatment for autism, but allowed for some age and visit limits on care; ORS 743A.168 and MHPAEA overrode those limits to provide coverage for all ages, limited only by medical necessity. The ACA extended that enhanced coverage to individual plans that anyone could purchase through the health exchange, even if they had a pre-existing condition (such as autism).

Even with a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance policies in Oregon will still need to provide coverage of treatment for autism, with significant gaps and issues:

  • Individual plans would no longer be required to comply with state or federal Mental Health Parity, and could start imposing age and visit limits on coverage.
  • Consumers could lose the ability to purchase individual insurance plans from the Health Exchange. In many cases, large plans from large out of state employers continue to deny coverage of ABA or other autism treatments – consumers have worked around this by buying low-cost individual plans for their children, which have the comprehensive autism coverage that Oregon requires.
  • Insurance companies could start denying coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. Everyone with an autism diagnosis has a “pre-existing condition” – which could make it difficult or impossible to buy health insurance at all.
  • The Mental Health Parity requirements for Medicaid would be repealed, enabling OHP to resume or continue some of the types of denials that we have been fighting against, such as age and visit limits on treatment for autism and other mental health conditions.
  • Medicaid expansion funding would be lost, reducing the number of people who could be covered on OHP and funding for the K-Plan.
  • Subsidies for commercial insurance through the exchange would be lost, so consumers who purchase insurance would be required to pay the full price regardless of income.
  • As noted above, under some proposals, Medicaid could be converted to a block grant program which would reduce existing funding levels and eliminate any requirements for coverage, including the EPSDT and Mental Health Parity requirements. See Disability Rights Oregon’s blog entry on this.”

If you have ideas for action, please contact ORABA!