NJABA is collaborating with Autism NJ in actively pursuing licensure for behavior analysts in New Jersey. Consistent with our mission to advance the science and practice of behavior analysts in New Jersey, NJABA will be taking a leadership role in state-level advocacy to set licensure requirements and standards for the practice of ABA. As the process moves forward we will provide members with updates.
If you have any questions about licensure or the content of this page, please read the Frequently Asked Questions or email Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D or Eric Eberman, M.S.Ed. at email@example.com.FAQ
The Behavior Analyst Licensing Act (A4608) sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11) passed the full Assembly by a vote of 76-1. We are grateful to the bill’s sponsors and the Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19) for their leadership and support of this important legislation.
The bill now moves over to the Senate where it has been referred to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. We will continue to provide updates as the bill advances through the legislative process.
On Thursday, January 24th, the Behavior Analyst Licensing Act (A4608) sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16), and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11) was posted for a vote in the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee. It passed through the committee unanimously.
NJABA and Autism New Jersey were present during the hearing and provided testimony in support of the bill. The committee, which is chaired by bill co-sponsor Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-34), heard requests for amendments from the Arc of NJ and the Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD). NJABA Government Affairs Chair Dr. Suzanne Buchanan then responded to the requests for amendments in her testimony. To address these outstanding concerns, Chairman Giblin requested that Assemblyman Zwicker bring together these three agencies, and Assemblyman Zwicker agreed. The committee then voted to pass the bill without any amendments.
Similar to the Senate version of the bill, the Assembly version is now referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. We will continue to provide updates as the bill advances through the legislative process.
We would like to thank Autism New Jersey, Atlantic Health System, and the New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) for conveying their support to the Commerce and Regulated Professions committees.
On Monday, December 3rd, the Senate Commerce Committee and the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee heard testimony on the Behavior Analyst Licensing Act (S3099/A4608) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-21), Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16), and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11). As leading advocates for this legislation, the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis (NJABA) and Autism New Jersey provided oral and written testimony in support of its passage.
Assembly Regulated Professions Committee
Chaired by Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-34), the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee posted the bill “for discussion only,” meaning the committee would hear testimony but not vote on the bill. A panel of experts (pictured above) including Dr. Suzanne Buchanan (Autism NJ), Patti Gianone (parent), Dr. Eric Rozenblat (NJABA), Dr. Robert LaRue (Rutgers University), and Dr. Patrick Progar (Princeton Child Development Institute) provided testimony and answered the committee members’ questions. The legislative committee members expressed their support of the bill and gratitude for our advocacy on such a critical issue.
Senate Commerce Committee
Moments later, the Senate Commerce Committee, chaired by Senator Nellie Pou (D-35) welcomed testimony from the same panel of experts and Sarah Lynn Geiger of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans, all in support of this legislation. There was no formal opposition to the bill, only testimony by the Arc of NJ requesting a few changes to the bill. Following some brief discussion, the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously voted (5-0) to pass the bill out of committee.
The Senate version of the bill now heads to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and, sometime in the next few months, the Assembly version will be heard in the Regulated Professions Committee for a vote. We will continue to provide updates as the bill advances through the legislative process.
We thank the following organizations for conveying their support to the Commerce and Regulated Professions committees.
The New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis (NJABA) and Autism New Jersey are pleased to announce their strong endorsement of new legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean (R-21) and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) titled, “Behavior Analyst Licensing Act.” The bill will, for the first time, require licensure for behavior analysts in New Jersey and thus provide the needed protections for the vulnerable populations who they serve. Read More
The following webinars will provide you with opportunities to learn more about the licensing of behavior analysts and its impact on consumers and the profession.
Hosted by: Autism NJ and NJABA
Presenter: Gina Green, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts
CEU Information: BCBAs may be able to submit these hours as Type 3 CEUs for nonauthorized events.
The webinars are free, but registration is required.
Thank you to the 220 participants who attended our licensure information session in April and May. We had some great discussions, heard many well thought out questions, and received valuable feedback that will assist us with this initiative. The evaluations for all three sessions were very positive, and the comments made it clear that the attendees appreciated the efforts to educate them on this topic.
“In depth discussion. A product of a hard-working team.”
“Very helpful and informative. Thank you!”
“Great presentation! Made me a believer in licensure for behavior analysts in NJ!”
We would also like to thank Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D, the NJABA Board of Directors and the following panelists for taking time out of their busy schedules to present and show their support for licensure in New Jersey.
|MaryLou Kerwin, Ph.D., BCBA-D||Kenneth Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D||Bob LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D|
|Patrick Progar, Ph.D., BCBA-D||Bridget Taylor, Psy.D., BCBA-D||Kevin Brothers, Ph.D., BCBA-D|
|David Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D||Eric Rozenblat, Ph.D., BCBA-D||Frances Perrin, Ph.D., BCBA-D|