Public Policy Agenda — Licensure and Workforce Development

Autism New Jersey believes that the autism community should be served by qualified, competent, and fairly compensated Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and behavior analysts. We are strongly advocating for a living wage for DSPs and advancing state recognition for Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Licensure of Behavior Analysts

On January 13, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed the “Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Act” into law. We thank the Governor and the bill’s sponsors, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean (R-21), Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16), and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11), for working with Autism New Jersey and the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis to make this law a reality. In the coming months, the Governor will appoint the Board members and the Board will promulgate the regulations that will provide more detail on the licensing process.

Update:

August 6, 2020

The Behavior Analyst Licensing Act was signed in January but has yet to be enacted. The enactment date of the law was mid-July but the Governor signed an Executive Order delaying all rule-making deadlines until 90 days after the public health emergency is over. It will most likely be some time before the state licensing board is established and regulations are developed.

In short, there are no actions that you need to take at this moment. As we wait for the next steps, you can educate yourself on the details of the law. Our licensure summary and FAQs will help answer questions about the law’s purpose, creation of a state licensing board, qualifications to become licensed, and exemptions from this law.

Read our FAQs Summary of Law

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For questions or more information about licensure, email our Public Policy Director, Eric Eberman, M.S. Ed., at eeberman@autismnj.org.

The Coalition for a DSP Living Wage

Autism New Jersey is proud to participate on the steering committee of The Coalition for a DSP Living Wage, a group created to address the workforce shortage crisis and obtain increased wages for Direct Support Professionals working with individuals with I/DD in New Jersey.

The Coalition for a DSP Living Wage is advocating for an appropriation in this year’s budget to increase DSP wages.  Please read the letter from Valerie Sellers, Chair of the Coalition, to learn how you can help.