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.

BREAKING NEWS: 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.

Read our FAQs Summary of Law

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

Eric Eberman, M.S. Ed., Public Policy Director
eeberman@autismnj.org
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.