Department of Children and Families Seeking In-Home ABA Providers

Advocacy efforts yield inclusion of BCBA–D designation with higher reimbursement rate.

July 19, 2017

On July 14, 2017, the Department of Children and Families released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Provision of Intensive In-Home (IIH) Individualized Behavioral Intervention Supports and Services for Youth with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities. This RFQ gives qualified Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and the agencies for whom they work an opportunity to apply to become an approved provider of home-based ABA services through the Children’s System of Care (CSOC). IIH ABA services are designed to serve youth with autism and challenging behavior. Following a thorough clinical and functional behavior assessment, BCBAs are responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of a behavior plan to address the communicative function of the challenging behavior and teach more adaptive behavior. Interested providers are encouraged to ask the Department questions, and contact information is available within the RFQ.

Since the inception of this service, Autism New Jersey has worked closely with CSOC and the IIH program. Autism New Jersey has served as a liaison between CSOC, PerformCare, and providers to facilitate the understanding and implementation of ABA services. We have also engaged in a quality assurance initiative that set expectations based on the standards of the ABA profession and reviewed treatment plans for such elements. During the course of these reviews, it became clear that some youth required more highly specialized behavior analysts to direct and oversee their programming. Thus, we advocated for the inclusion of the Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA-D) designation coupled with a market rate structure to incentivize BCBA-Ds to become approved providers. We are pleased to announce that the July 14, 2017 version of the RFQ includes the BCBA-D designation with a corresponding and competitive hourly rate. We believe that the addition of the BCBA-D designation to the IIH program will increase the existing IIH provider pool and significantly improve the quality of the ABA services that are available. We thank CSOC leadership for their ongoing partnership and look forward to continuing our work together to serve all children with autism, especially those with the most acute behavioral health needs.

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