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SAVE ABA: Our clients have a right to effective and ethical services

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The recent changes to behavior analysis services for the Florida state-funded Medicaid program under the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) poses severe limitations directly impacting ethical and effective service-delivery for families across the state. Specifically, the changes set out to be effective April 3rd, 2017 will limit the behavior analyst’s ability to facilitate the best possible outcomes for his/her clients. It is imperative that the behavior analyst provide effective training and ongoing supervision to the behavior technicians responsible for direct services to the client. The new rules prevent behavior analysts from being able to bill for services related to training all support staff and members of the treatment team, it prohibits the monitoring of outcomes including fidelity of treatment implementation which ensures effective interventions are in place. The new rule also prevents behavior analysts from being fairly compensated for time spent developing individualized and comprehensive behavior plans, reviewing and analyzing data, and creating teaching plans/materials for use with the client. These are necessary components of quality and individualized behavior analysis services. The new changes mandated by AHCA directly violate the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts. For more information on our code of ethics, please visit www.bacb.com. For more information on the changes to behavior analysis services under the Florida Medicaid program, please visit http://fl.beaconhealthoptions.com or contact a local behavior analyst. Disclaimer: The BACB has no affiliation with this petition or any of its content. 



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