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Patrick Signs ABA Licensing Law

January 11, 2013

BOSTON (January 11, 2013) -- Governor Deval Patrick has signed legislation establishing a state process to license and regulate all Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and assistant BCBAs working in Massachusetts.

The law confirms ABA as an independent profession and makes Massachusetts the 10th state to enact licensure. A grandfathering period has been provided to allow current providers to continue practicing as they apply for the new state license from the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals.

The new law adds two ABA practitioners and another public member to the board. The board was given 18 months to develop regulations and implement the new licensure process.