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Jul 022018
 

As of July 12018, new protections become effective for the most vulnerable population of children, teens, and adults with special needs.  As of that date, all people working as Behavior Analysts must be licensed by the state.  In addition, Behavior Analysts, who regularly work with children and adults with significant disabilities such as those with autism, intellectual and other disabilities in any location, including family homes, educational or community settings, are now designated as Mandated Reporters.

Suzanne Letso, president of the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council which helped to pass the legislation behind these measures, stated, “The passage of these two laws was sensible and so basic to providing consumer protections and safety to those most in need of care and safeguards.”

Suzanne also is the co-founder of Milestones Behavioral Services, a 20-year-old not-for-profit that uses Behavior Analyst strategies while working with infants through adults with autism and other developmental disorders.  They have 3 campuses (2 schools in Milford & Orange, an Adult Day Services in Milford and a partnership with a residential home in Milford). She is the mother of a young adult with autism.  Mbs-inc.org

To reduce the abuse and neglect suffered by the vulnerable population of children, teens and adults with special needs, the not-for-profit organization Behavior Analyst Leadership Council, in Connecticut, worked to pass legislation that is effective as of July 1, 2018, in this state.

 On July 1st, all people working as Behavior Analysts must be licensed by the state.  In addition, Behavior Analysts, who regularly work with children and adults with significant disabilities such as those with autism, intellectual and other disabilities in any location, including family homes, educational or community settings, are now designated as Mandated Reporters.

Licensure provides families, public school districts, Department of Developmental Services, private insurance and Medicaid providers a means of regulating the practices of Behavior Analysts. This ensures that appropriately trained and vetted professionals are in accordance with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s standards. There are more than 600 Board Certified Behavior Analysts in Connecticut with many more providing services in Connecticut but residing in another. Connecticut’s neighboring states of New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts already have this law in place.

By Definition

What is a Mandated Reporter?  By CT law, “Mandated Reporters”, including physicians, nurses, policemen, teachers, Behavior Analysts (Bill SB 244) and many other professionals who have frequent contact with children, are required to report known or suspected incidents of abuse or neglect of any child under age 18, or any child under age 21 under DCF care.

What is a Behavior Analyst?  Behavior Analysts work with a wide variety of people, including but not limited to, those with autism, other developmental disabilities, and brain injuries. These educated and trained professionals design methods of changing behavior to accelerate learning new skills. Applied Behavior Analysis is a well‐established and documented discipline backed by extensive scientific research validating successes.

 Where do Behavior Analysts work? In public schools, private schools, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation center, residential homes, private homes, and other locations.

 How do I find out if the Behavior Analyst working with my family member or friend is licensed? To verify a license holder, go to the portal below or contact the CT Department of Public Health, Licensing Division directly.

 How do I become licensed in Connecticut as a Behavior Analyst? Submit an application to the CT Department of Public Health. A current photo and credit card is needed. If the applicant holds a license in any other state, verification must be sent from that state and there may be a fee. The CT state fee is $350; the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (bacb.com) fee is $25.  http://www.portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing–Investigations/Behavioral-Analyst/Behavioral-Analyst-Licensing

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