H.B. 181 and S.B. 47, would impose criminal penalties on anyone practicing ABA without a license. These bills establish two levels of practitioner, at the doctorate and master’s levels, and define the scope of practice of ABA to include conducting ABA-based therapy, as well as planning and supervision services. Bill Histories show that both H.B.181 and S.47 are currently in the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure
H.B. 181: An Act relative to the licensure of applied behavior analysts.would create the professional titles of,
S. 47: An Act relative to the licensure of applied behavior analysts.
- “Licensed Independent Applied Behavior Analyst (LIABA)”, an individual who by training and experience meets the requirements for licensing by the board and is duly licensed to practice independent applied behavior analysis., and
- "Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA)", an individual who by training and experience meets the requirements for licensing by the board and is duly licensed to practice applied behavior analysis.
Both bills describe in some detail the proposed operations, powers and duties of the licensing board, defines the scope of practice of applied behavior analysis, the qualifications and requirements of those applying for a license - which initially includes receipt of certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, supervision competencies, responsibility to clients and colleagues, safeguards and penalties.
The bills state that the measures would not prevent specified members of other professions from doing work of an applied behavior analytic nature consistent with standards of their professions, but that they cannot present themselves to the public implying that they are applied behavior analysts or are licensed to practice applied behavior analysis.
In relation to special education the Massachusetts Department of Education would develop standards and implement policy necessary to include the profession of applied behavior analysis as a "related service provider".
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General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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