NJABA Workgroups



The NJABA Adult Services Workgroup is dedicated to promoting the professional practice of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in adult services and increasing both the private and public capacity through the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities to provide high-quality, evidence-based behavior analytic services to all.

Leadership Committee

Christopher J. Manente, Ph.D., BCBA, Chair

Darren Blough, MSW, BCaBA, Vice Chair

Vanessa Bethea, M.A., BCBA, Secretary

Robert LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D, FAQ Coordinator

June McKim, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Website Coordinator

Current Activities

We are developing committees on the following topics:

Reviewing current practices related to the operation of Behavior Management Committees (BMC) at service-provider agencies for adults with autism throughout the state

Exploring training opportunities to enhance the ABA capacity of professionals in the adult service delivery system

Reviewing DDD’s Behavioral Support Services within the Community Care Waiver (CCW) and Supports Program to better align these policies with the standards of the profession (e.g., types of services covered, minimum provider qualifications)

NJABA’s Adult Services




Gerhardt, P. F., & Lainer, I. (2011). Addressing the needs of adolescents and adults with autism: A crisis on the horizon. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 41(1), 37-45

Henninger, N. A., & Taylor, J. L. (2013). Outcomes in adults with autism spectrum disorders: A historical perspective. Autism, 17(1), 103-116.


The ASWG meetings will occur once per month and will take place at the respective places of work of the ASWG membership. Typically meetings will be scheduled from 10am-11:30am and will be followed by a brief tour of the adult services facility where the meeting is held as is possible/appropriate.

Please RSVP to Christopher Manente, PhD, BCBA, Adult Services Workgroup Chair.


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Come to a meeting to learn more and network with colleagues. All are welcome! For general inquiries, contact Stephanie Summers, stephanie@amg101.com, or 609-910-0394