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:
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:
If you have ideas for action, please contact ORABA!
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
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.
Senator 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.
ORABA members staying up-to-date on the research and making new connections at ABAI!
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.
1 ethics CEU, 1 type 2 CEU available
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quality Behavioral Solutions (QBS, Inc) will be offering a crisis management and safety care training in the Portland, OR area on Monday 11/9, Tuesday 11/10, and Thursday 11/12. An additional training, Safety-Care for Families™, will be available on Friday 11/13. There will be no training on Wednesday 11/11 in honor of Veterans Day. Trainings will be held in Wilsonville, OR at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). Check out our events listing for more information.
Safety-CareTm Behavioral Safety Training program provides the skills and competencies necessary to effectively prevent, minimize, and manage behavioral challenges with dignity, safety, and the possibility of change. Using the newest and most effective technologies from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS), this Safety-Care program will provide your staff with strategies for not only preventing and managing behavioral challenges, but also to effectively teaching replacement behaviors. Appropriate for individuals experiencing developmental, neurologic, psychiatric and other impairments, Safety-Care will result in a more positive reinforcement based approach, the development of new skills, and fewer restraints.
To read more about Safety-Care™ and reserve your spot, follow this link and click “more info & register.”