Please Support This Legislation

May 27, 2021

The featured image presents a visual from NYSABA that shows how N.Y.S. compares to other states for licensure.The letter below is copied with permission from the author, Ashlie Symer, BCBA, from an email sent to all staff of Crossroads. This is such an important issue that we would like to make our readers aware too, and encourage involvement.

Good morning! I wanted to share this with all of you since we are a center/clinic that is based around the principles of ABA. In our center program, students with and without an autism diagnosis can receive our ABA services because the center is considered an “exempt” setting. In our clinic and other clinic settings, only children diagnosed with autism can receive ABA therapy because the clinic is a “non-exempt” setting. In NYS in “non-exempt” settings, ABA therapy can currently only be provided to individuals diagnosed with autism due to the scope of practice restriction. Because of this restriction, licensed behavior analysts (LBAs) can only work with individuals with autism. In other professions, the scope of practice restriction would look like the following: SLPs only able to work with individuals with apraxia. OTs/OTAs only able to work with individuals with arthritis. PTs only able to work with individuals with amputated limbs. Special Education teachers only able to work with students diagnosed with ADHD. Imagine being restricted by a diagnosis and not being able to provide your services to anyone who your therapy/support is appropriate for? Consider supporting the lift of the scope of practice for LBAs in NYS. You can follow the links below to advocate for the change! If you have any questions or need help navigating the links, let any of us BCBAs know and we can help you! Thanks everyone! Ashlie Symer, M.S., BCBA, LBA Licensed Behavior Analyst Crossroads Center for Children 1136 North Westcott Road Schenectady, NY 12306 ashlier@crossroadcenter.org 518-280-0083 ext. 106

— Ashlie Symer

From: NYSABA

 

New York State Association for Behavior Analysis

 

This is our last big push to get the bill over the finish line and passed by both houses of the legislature! We need everyone on board for this. We are asking that you read the categories below and choose the link that best fits your relationship to the field of Behavior Analysis.

 

PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS:

 

Please use the link below to send a letter to your Senator. The link will automatically locate your Senator. There is an auto-generated letter. We are asking that you add a few sentences that are personal to you or your child. It is important that we highlight how crucial ABA services are to children with and without autism.

 

 

LICENSED PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE NOT BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS:

 

If you are an LBA but ALSO have another license in NY, please use this link as well. Click the link below to send a letter to your Senator. The link will automatically locate your Senator. There is an auto-generated letter. Please FILL IN your profession after the word “Licensed” in the first paragraph of the letter. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Please add a few sentences that are personal to your experience and the value of Behavior Analysts from the perspective of your profession.

 

 

ALL OTHERS, INCLUDING BEHAVIOR ANALYSTS:

 

Please use the link below to send a letter to your Senator. The link will automatically locate your Senator. There is an auto-generated letter. Please include a few sentences about your relationship to Behavior Analysis and/or why you support the bill. It is important that Senators understand this bill has wide support across the state from individuals and professionals.

We thank you SO much for all of your efforts throughout this year! They have certainly paid off. Let’s get this passed in the Senate and then signed by the Governor!

THANK YOU!

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