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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: http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/HLO 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 anne.p.thompson@state.or.us 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 anne.p.thompson@state.or.us

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!

Upcoming events around the country

It’s been a very long time since ORABA held a state ABA conference. We held out first one back in 2010 (featuring Dr. Vince Carbone!) but have been very busy with legislative issues, licensure, creating local ABA education opportunities, and building capacity in Oregon over the past few years. We hope to host another conference soon and will keep you all updated. In the meantime, here are the ABA conferences/conventions coming up over the next 6 months. ORABA will have representatives at CALABA and ABAI. Hope to see you there!

California Association for Behavior Analysis (CALABA) 2017 Annual Western Regional Conference on Behavior Analysis: February 10-12, 2017, Anaheim CA

Women in Behavior Analysis (WIBA) First annual conference: March 9-10, Nashville TN

Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) 2017 Annual Convention: March 23-25 2017, New Orleans LA

Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) 2017 43rd Annual Convention: May 25-29, 2017, Denver, CO

 

New BARB rules starting 1/1/17, affecting licensure and registration of behavior analysts and interventionists

Oregon’s Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board approved new permanent rules at its meeting on Nov. 18, 2016.

Read the new permanent rules which go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, affecting licensure of behavior and assistant behavior analysts, registration of behavior analysis interventionists, and permanent grandfathering rules for declarants. If you are already practicing, there are some big changes regarding supervision of RBAIs.

BARB 2017 Rules

ORABA mourns the loss of Senator Alan Bates

batesSenator Bates passed away on Friday, August 5th, 2016 at age 71. ORABA was fortunate to work closely with Senator Bates for a number of years on legislative efforts aimed at helping families affected by autism. Senator Bates worked tirelessly to bring together advocacy groups, providers, and payors, and to reach compromise among those who often had vastly different perspectives and priorities. Thanks to his leadership, Oregon became the 34th state to require health plan coverage of ABA treatment for children with autism. Oregon has lost a dedicated public servant and an amazing leader. Our thoughts are with Senator Bates’ family, he will be missed.

Article on OregonLive

The Register Guard

 

Chicago ABAI Convention 2016

ORABA members staying up-to-date on the research and making new connections at ABAI!

ORABA at ABAI

ORABA at Chicago ABAI Convention 2016

We just got back from an amazing annual convention of Association for Behavior Analysis International, held in Chicago, IL. Three ORABA board members were able to attend and split up so that we could see the widest variety of presentations, from Experimental Analysis of Behavior (EAB): Assessing Motivation in Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to Teaching Behavior Analysis (TBA): Designing Courses Based on Research and Theory in Behavior Analysis and Psychology.

It was wonderful to connect with the Northwest and Midwestern chapters of ABAI at the expo and to meet practitioners and researchers in person. We will soon post highlights from our favorite presentations. Thank you to all who attended and presented.

ORABA Quarterly Meeting: Dr. Jim Carr from the BACB, February 13, 2016

1 ethics CEU, 1 type 2 CEU available

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ORABA Quarterly Meeting February 13th 2016 flyer

Happy New Year!

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From 2014-2015, ORABA membership grew from 30 to 40, and BACB-certified providers in Oregon grew from 56 to 72! The insurance reimbursement effects of Senate Bills 365 and 696 meant a new level of access to quality ABA services for Oregonians in 2015.

Why is it so important that Oregon children have access to quality ABA services?

In 2015, ORABA

  • participated in legislation action regarding Senate Bill 696 and the rule-making committee for the Oregon Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board
  • created and maintained active social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook to connect with the ABA world
  • organized and hosted a Safety-Care Training by QBS (Quality Behavior Services) on ABA-based crisis prevention and management for local ABA practitioners
  • hosted quarterly presentations with guest experts such as Tim Hackenberg on token economies and Tony Biglan on nurturing enviroments.

In 2016, ORABA will

2016 Membership Renewal

If you haven’t yet done so, please click the button for the membership type that fits you best. You will be taken to PayPal, where you can pay securely via major credit or debit cards, your bank account, or an e-check. After completing this process, you will automatically be directed to an ORABA membership page where you can register for our practitioner directory and be added to our member email list. (Registration is optional but recommended. Providing ORABA with your membership data helps us to offer professional support and workshops that match your needs and interests.)

$60 BACB Certified

A person who is certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA), and who works full- or part-time in behavior analysis.

$60 Professional

A person holding a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field, who works full- or part-time in behavior analysis. Examples: An interventionist with a BA in education, or a paraprofessional with a BA in psychology working in an ABA classroom.

$30 Student

A person classified as a student in a program of study leading to a degree in behavior analysis (or an affiliated degree) or enrolled in required coursework for BACB® certification standards. Verification of student status must be provided by the student and by an administrator at the home institution. Examples: A student enrolled in an Registered Behavior Technician® (RBT) training program, enrolled in coursework to fulfill BCBA certification requirements, or working towards an MA with a major/minor in ABA.

$30 Associate

A person holding a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field other than behavior analysis, who works full- or part-time in a field other than behavior analysis. Examples: A special education teacher, a 1:1 paraprofessional working in a third-grade classroom, an occupational therapist, or a licensed professional counselor.

$30 Affiliate

A person interested in behavior analysis who does not qualify for the other membership categories. Examples: A consumer of ABA services, or a family member of a person who has received ABA services.