Recap of the 2019 Legislative Session and Next Steps
July 1, 2019 Kevin Quinn and Sally Izquierdo
We wanted to bring you up to date on the progress of the scope restriction bill, S.4967-A (Skoufis)/A.6389-A (Peoples-Stokes). While the bill did not pass in 2019, there was significant progress made on the bill, resulting in 45 new co-sponsors signing the bill: 14 in the Senate and 31 in the Assembly. This is amazing progress, especially since there are so many new members in the Senate. In addition, we had the bill amended to continue the current requirement that a prescription be issued by a doctor or other qualified professional for any services that might be required by a licensed behavior analyst. While this is not ideal, there was a concern raised by the psychologists as they argued that our intent was to allow our profession to diagnose. Obviously, this was not our intent, but we wanted to make it clear through this amendment....
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