Here’s Our (and Your!) New Year’s Resolution

January 20, 2018

Happy New Year! It’s mid-January and some of our resolutions may already be going by the wayside…or maybe not. We are behavior analysts after all!! Do you share my resolution to do everything in your power to ensure that all individuals, regardless of diagnosis, have equal access to behavior analytic services?

 

The new legislative session runs from now until the end of June, which means we have another opportunity to make our voices heard! NYSABA’s primary legislative goal is to lift the scope restriction on LBA’s in New York so that individuals who do not have a diagnosis of ASD can have full access to behavior analytic services.

 

New York is now one of 29 states in the country to license behavior analysts, and still the only state that restricts the scope of practice to ASD.

 

It is more important than ever to let your senator and assembly member know that this discrimination is unacceptable!

 

With the help of our lobbyist, Kevin Quinn, our sponsors, Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and ALL OF YOU, during the last legislative session, we were successful in gaining the co-sponsorship of

 

Senators

Simcha Felder,

Pamela Helming

Jesse Hamilton

Robert Ortt

Diane Savino

 

Assembly Members

Matthew Titone

Robert Oaks

James Skoufis

Michaelle Solages

Mark Johns

Clifford Crouch

Harry Bronson

Andrew Hevesi

Aileen Gunther

 

Recently, Assembly Members Barbara Lifton and Mary Beth Walsh have also signed on as co-sponsors.

 

We are confident that if our bills s-4599 and a-7632 get out of committee and onto the floor for a vote, they will pass. To persuade the committee chairs (Senator Kenneth LaValle and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick) to put the bills onto the floor, we need the co-sponsorship of as many Senators and Assembly Members as possible!

 

Lobbying information is available in our 2018 Local Lobbying Flyer and we are always here to help— nysabalegislative@gmail.com

 

This year we will also be organizing local lobbying trainings and informational hearings, and group meetings with legislators around the state. Visit nysaba.org and the legislative blog for more information coming soon.

 

We invite you to be a part of our exciting lobbying day in Albany this spring where we can come together in the capital to help get these bills out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.

This is a unique opportunity to get first-hand experience in advocacy and lobbying. If you share my resolution or just want to do something for others—to make a difference in your community and in your profession, this is your chance.

 

If that’s not enough motivation, this year’s lobbying day may include a speaker for CEU’s, a self-advocate speech, and training on how to lobby. Please take a short (6-question) survey to express your thoughts about these ideas and your availability to join our group!

 

2018 Albany Lobbying Day Survey

 

 

 

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