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

Autism New Jersey is collaborating with the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis (NJABA) in actively exploring licensure for behavior analysts in New Jersey. Consistent with their mission to advance the science and practice of behavior analysis in New Jersey, NJABA will be taking a leadership role in state-level advocacy to set licensure requirements and standards for the practice of ABA.

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For more information about licensure, contact:
Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director
609.588.8200 x42

Eric Eberman, M.S. Ed., Public Policy Director
609.588.8200 x34

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.