Higher Standards for Behavioral Supports

May 15, 2018

Autism New Jersey effectively advocates for changes to improve service delivery

Last week, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) released the revised Supports Program Policies and Procedures Manual and Community Care Program Policies and Procedures Manual which include updated provider qualifications for Behavioral Supports that are based on the recommendations made by Autism New Jersey and the NJABA Adult Services Workgroup.

Last year, Autism New Jersey and the NJABA Adult Services Workgroup convened a Behavioral Supports Workgroup made up of professionals in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to review the language and qualifications for Behavioral Supports and formulate recommendations for improvement. Autism New Jersey met with the DDD to share the workgroup’s recommendations and discuss making changes to the qualifications. After months of work and collaboration with the DDD, we are pleased to see that our hard work has paid off. The updated provider qualifications will now ensure that only individuals who have received proper clinical training and/or who are under supervision, particularly in ABA, can provide Behavioral Supports.