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Delegation of Tasks

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Delegation to Licensed Professionals | Delegation to Unlicensed Personnel

Delegation to Licensed Professionals

Licensed behavior analysts (LBAs) may delegate the provision of applied behavior analysis services and/or activities that are within the scope of their license. LBAs can practice and delegate tasks to other LBAs and certified behavior analyst assistants (CBAAs) to provide applied behavior analysis services and/or activities to patients diagnosed with autism, autism spectrum disorders and related disorders.

Delegating tasks to another licensed individual that are beyond his or her defined scope of practice and/or personal competency may result in charges of professional misconduct against the professional who delegated the task, as well as the licensee who performed them.


Delegation to Unlicensed Personnel

You may not delegate to an unlicensed person any tasks included in the scope of practice of applied behavior analysis even under the direct supervision of a LBA. It is unprofessional conduct for a licensee to delegate professional responsibilities when the delegating licensee knows that such a person is not qualified by licensure to perform such responsibilities.

Unlicensed individuals may perform tasks such as answering phones, preparing paperwork, and cleaning equipment. Family members or caregivers may be trained to assist the patient/client in the performance of self-directed tasks where appropriate (e.g., care at home).

Students fulfilling the clinical/practicum hours of an applied behavior analysis education program must be under the on-site but not necessarily direct, personal supervision of a LBA or otherwise authorized licensee. The students must be enrolled in an applied behavior analysis program conducted in a school acceptable to the New York State Education Department. Supervision of a student candidate must be by a LBA or otherwise authorized licensee. It must be on-site supervision, but not necessarily direct, personal supervision.

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Last Updated: May 15, 2017