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 25th Annual Conference!

 October 16 & 17, 2014. Pre-conference workshops will be held on October 15.

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The call for papers for NYSABA's 2014 Conference on October 16 & 17 is now open and will close on 6/20/14 EXTENDED to 7/30/14!


The deadline for poster submissions is 9/12/14. (Important Poster Guidelines found here)


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See you in Saratoga Springs,


Heather Walker, Marketing Chairperson 

Sponsored in part by:

Summit Educational Resources          The Elija Foundation          Eden II          Ensure Billing

Springbrook          ABPathfinder         Ulster-Greene ARC


The New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA) would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Avonte Oquendo, a child with autism who died after wandering from his school.

Recently, the Interactive Autism Network reported that children with Autism were 8 times more likely to engage in wandering than their siblings without Autism, documenting the need for the development of additional evidence-based interventions. NYSABA is fully committed to helping both parents and professionals to develop better strategies to address this commonly-displayed, challenging behavior.

Further information on wandering and tips for safety and reducing this behavior can be found on the WebPages of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment ( and the Interactive Autism Network at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (“bolt”-safe-places). Questions related to NYSABA’s efforts to build better capacity within NY State for supporting persons with Autism can be sent to: NYSABA (

Legislative Update

July 2, 2014

The Application for Licensure as a Behavior Analyst and Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Assistant is available on the New York State Education Department website! 

The new licensure law is in effect as of yesterday, July 1st and

NYSABA highly encourages all Board Certified Behavior Analysts

and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts to apply

as soon as possible


It is critical that all BCBAs and BCaBAs who are practicing in New York apply under the current licensing and certification rules requiring only a BCBA or BCaBA respectively.


To obtain information on this profession, you can go to the following website:


The application for licensure or certification is available at:


June 20, 2014

The Application for Licensure as a Behavior Analyst and Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Assistant is available on the New York State Education Department website! 

NYSABA highly encourages all Board Certified Behavior Analysts

and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts to apply

within the early application period, ending 1/10/2016

To obtain information on this profession, you can go to the following website:

The application for licensure or certification is available at:


May 20, 2014

The licensure process for Behavior Analysts and Assistant Behavior Analysts is moving along!  Dr. Kathleen Doyle has been appointed as the Executive Secretary of the new Board for Applied Behavior Analysis and she has recently posted the following notice on the State Education Department’s website (see under “notice” below).  While, NYSABA cannot recommend board members, we highly encourage public representatives (there will be two “community members” or public representatives on the board) to apply be either self-nominating or recommending someone you feel is appropriate for this position.  Please read the notice for more details regarding the requirements and limitations for public representative members.  The role and responsibilities of the board members on this new board is critical and will be time consuming yet rewarding.  I considering a position on the board, it is important for you to be aware of the following requirements:


  1. The person can’t be on another state board

  2. Monthly meetings (or quarterly at a minimum) held in Albany

  3. At first, there will be a fair amount of work between meetings, while the rules for the profession are being developed and the process for licensure is being established

Ideal Characteristics:

  1. The ability to speak and write well in their efforts to advocate for the necessary components to be included in the rules and regulations

  2. Representations of the field and the BAs in NY: geographic as well as the populations the BAs work with (including autism as well as other populations)


"The Department is actively soliciting nominations for individuals interested in an appointment as a licensed behavior analyst, certified Behavior analyst assistant, psychologist or public representative of the State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis. All professional members must be eligible for licensure. Public representative members must be consumers of professional Applied Behavior Analysis services and may not hold interests in the organization, financing, or delivery of Applied Behavior Analysis services. Applications for board membership may be submitted directly by interested individuals, or nominations may come from colleagues, consumer groups, professional associations, or others. For additional information, or to submit nominations, please see the description of State Boards or contact the State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis at or telephone (518) 474-3817 ext. 150. (May 16, 2014)."


May 2, 2014

Dear NYSABA members, supporters, and friends,

We are all eager to begin the process of licensing BCBAs across New York State. Progress has been slow following enactment into law of our licensing legislation; however, we continue to move forward toward our goals. Since January, chapter amendments that were made to the law have been accepted and the State Education Department has begun to prepare the character and fitness paperwork required as part of the license application. The next steps will include finalization of the license application process. 

As we have more news to report, NYSABA will provide updates on our website, by email, and through social media.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of NYSABA.

Warm regards,

Debbi Napolitano, President

Kim Shamoun, Legislative Chairperson

Heather Walker, Marketing Chairperson


March 6, 2014

Dear NYSABA Members and fellow BCBAs and BCABAs in New York:

The chapter amendment for S6395 passed the Senate on Thursday, 3/6/13!  A brief summary of the modifications included in the chapter amendment are as follows:

Section 1: Licensed behavior analysts and certified behavior analyst assistants are added to the list of mandated reporters in Social Services Law.

Section 2: Clarifies that services unrelated to an ABA plan can be provided without a license or certification.  This section also specifies that duties of an early intervention Aide may be conducted under supervision of a qualified supervisor, provided that the activities do not require professional skill or judgment.

Section 3: Adds the Office of Children and Family Services to the list of agencies with a time-limited exemption from this licensure requirement.  It also increases the time limit for the exemption from July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2020.

Now that the chapter amendment has passed the Senate (unanimously, with no debate!), SED can start working on the character and fitness form, which is needed for BCBAs and BCABA’s to apply for state licensure and certification, respectively.  This is great news and we hope to have great news regarding the process for immediate licensure shortly. 

Keep checking back for important updates!

-Kimberly Shamoun

Chair of the Public Policy Committee



Licensure Law for Behavior Analysts –

Questions and Answers


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You can visit

to read a press release by the Governor’s office.

NYSABA is grateful to all of you who worked hard to make sure this bill was signed into law!


Mary Hadley, of Hillside Family of Agencies, Debbi Napolitano, President of NYSABA, Heather Walker, Board Member of NYSABA, Julie Buick, of The Advocacy Center, and Ann Cole of AutismUp present

an award to Assemblyman Joe Morelle for his tireless legislative work on behalf of children and families living with autism as well as behavior analysts.






Thank You!


The 24th Annual Conference of the New York State Association

for Behavior Analysis was a huge success!


Special Thanks to our Keynote Speakers:

Cathleen Piazza, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Wayne W. Fisher, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Thank you to our sponsors:

Summit Educational Resources * Elija Foundation

Springbrook * Spectrum Autism Treatment Centers * All About Kids * Institute for Behavioral Training/CARD * Hillside Family of Agencies

Eden II Programs

CodeMetro, Inc. * Behavior Development Solutions * Kelberman Center, Inc. * Access 7 Services, Inc. * Foundations Behavioral Health * Anderson Center for Autism * Ensure Billing *

Helping Hands Childrens Services

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If you have any questions regarding your membership status, please contact NYSABA's Membership

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