Chapter Amendment for S6395 Passes Senate

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

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