Education Law

Article 167, Applied Behavior Analysis

§8800. Introduction. | §8801. Definitions. | §8802. Definitions of the practice of "applied behavior analysis". | §8803. The practice of and use of the title "licensed behavior analyst" or " certified behavior analyst assistant". | §8804. Requirements and procedures for professional licensure. | §8805. Special Provisions. | §8806. Limited permits. | §8807. Exemptions. | §8808. State board for applied behavior analysis.

§8800*. Introduction.

This article applies to the profession and practice of applied behavior analysis and to the use of the titles "licensed behavior analyst" and "certified behavior analyst assistant". The general provisions for all professions contained in article one hundred thirty of this title apply to this article.

* NB Effective July 1, 2014


§8801*. Definitions.

As used in this article, the following term shall have the following meaning:

"Applied behavior analysis" or "ABA" means the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior, including the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relationship between environment and behavior.

* NB Effective July 1, 2014


§8802*. Definitions of the practice of "applied behavior analysis".

  1. The practice of applied behavior analysis by a "licensed behavior analyst" shall mean the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior, including the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relationship between environment and behavior, pursuant to a diagnosis and prescription or order from a person who is licensed or otherwise authorized to provide such diagnosis and prescription or ordering services pursuant to a profession enumerated in this title, for the purpose of providing behavioral health treatment for persons with autism and autism spectrum disorders and related disorders.
  2. The practice of applied behavior analysis by a "certified behavior analyst assistant" means the services and activities provided by a person certified in accordance with this article who works under the supervision of a licensed behavior analyst to perform such patient related applied behavior analysis tasks as are assigned by the supervising licensed behavior analyst. Supervision of a certified behavior analyst assistant by a licensed behavior analyst shall be in accordance with regulations of the commissioner. No licensed behavior analyst shall supervise more than six certified behavior analyst assistants.
  3. The practice of applied behavior analysis shall not include diagnosis of a disorder or condition for which ABA may be appropriate, or prescribing or ordering ABA for a particular individual.
  4. Any individual whose license or authority to practice derives from the provisions of this article shall be prohibited from:
    1. Prescribing or administering drugs as defined in this chapter or as a treatment, therapy, or professional service in the practice of his or her profession; or
    2. Using invasive procedures as a treatment, therapy, or professional service in the practice of his or her profession. For purposes of this subdivision, "invasive procedure" means any procedure in which human tissue is cut, altered, or otherwise infiltrated by mechanical or other means. Invasive procedure includes, but is not limited to, surgery, lasers, ionizing radiation, therapeutic ultrasound, or electroconvulsive therapy.

* NB Effective July 1, 2014


§8803*. The practice of and use of the title "licensed behavior analyst" or " certified behavior analyst assistant".

Only a person licensed, certified or exempt under this article shall practice applied behavior analysis. Only a person licensed or certified under this article shall use the titles "licensed behavior analyst" or "certified behavior analyst assistant."

* NB Effective July 1, 2014


§8804*. Requirements and procedures for professional licensure.

  1. To qualify for certification as a certified behavior analyst assistant, an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:
    1. Application: file an application with the department;
    2. Education: have received an education, including a bachelor's or higher degree from a program registered by the department or determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent thereof, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations.
    3. Experience: have experience in the practice of applied behavior analysis satisfactory to the board and the department in accordance with the commissioner's regulations.
    4. Examination: pass an examination acceptable to the board and the department in accordance with the commissioner's regulations.
    5. Age: be at least twenty-one years of age;
    6. Character: be of good moral character as determined by the department and submit an attestation of moral character; and
    7. Fee: pay a fee of one hundred fifty dollars for an initial license and a fee of seventy-five dollars for each triennial registration period.
  2. To qualify for a license as a licensed behavior analyst, an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:
    1. Application: file an application with the department;
    2. Education: have received an education, including a master's or higher degree from a program registered by the department or determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent, thereof, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations.
    3. Experience: have experience in the practice of applied behavior analysis satisfactory to the board and the department in accordance with the commissioner's regulations.
    4. Examination: pass an examination acceptable to the board and the department in accordance with the commissioner's regulations.
    5. Age: be at least twenty-one years of age;
    6. Character: be of good moral character as determined by the department and submit an attestation of moral character; and
    7. Fee: pay a fee of two hundred dollars for an initial license and a fee of one hundred dollars for each triennial registration period.

* NB Effective July 1, 2014


§8805. Special Provisions.

An individual who meets the requirements for a license or certification as a licensed behavior analyst or a certified behavior analyst assistant, except for examination, experience and education, and who is certified or registered by a national certifying body having certification or registration standards acceptable to the commissioner, may be licensed or certified, without meeting additional requirements as to examination, experience and education, provided that such individual submits an application to the department within two years of the effective date of this section.


§8806*. Limited Permits.

The following requirements for a limited permit shall apply to all professions licensed or certified pursuant to this article:

  1. The department may issue a limited permit to an applicant who meets all qualifications for licensure, except the examination and/or experience requirements, in accordance with regulations promulgated therefor.
  2. Limited permits shall be for one year; such limited permits may be renewed, at the discretion of the department, for one additional year.
  3. The fee for each limited permit and for each renewal shall be seventy dollars.
  4. A limited permit holder shall practice only under supervision as determined in accordance with the commissioner's regulations.

* NB Effective July 1, 2014


§8807*. Exemptions.

  1. Nothing contained in this article shall be construed to limit the scopes of practice of any other profession licensed under this title.
  2. Nothing in this article shall be construed as prohibiting a person from performing the duties of a licensed behavior analyst or a certified behavior analyst assistant, in the course of such employment, if such person is employed:
    1. by a federal, state, county or municipal agency, or other political subdivision;
    2. by a chartered elementary or secondary school or degree-granting institution;
    3. as a certified teacher or teaching assistant, other than a pupil personnel services professional, in an approved program as defined in paragraph b of subdivision one of section forty-four hundred ten of this chapter; or
    4. in a setting to the extent that the exemption in paragraph d of subdivision six of section forty-four hundred ten of this chapter applies.
  3. Nothing in this article shall be construed as prohibiting a certified teacher or teaching assistant, other than a pupil personnel services professional, from performing the duties of a licensed behavior analyst or certified behavior analyst assistant, in the course of such employment or contractual agreement, if such person is employed or contracted with an agency approved by the department of health to provide early intervention services or has an agreement with the department of health to provide early intervention services pursuant to title two-A of article twenty-five of the public health law.
  4. Nothing in this article shall be construed as prohibiting the activities and services required of a student, intern, or resident in an educational program acceptable to the department pursuant to the commissioner's regulations, pursuing a course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in an educational program acceptable to the department pursuant to the commissioner's regulations in an institution approved by the department, provided that such activities and services constitute a part of his or her supervised course of study in an educational program acceptable to the department pursuant to the commissioner's regulations. Such person shall be designated by title which clearly indicates his or her training status.
  5. Nothing in this article shall be construed to affect or prevent a person without a license or other authorization pursuant to this title from performing assessments, including collecting basic information, gathering demographic data, and making informal observations, for the purpose of determining need for services unrelated to an ABA plan. Further, licensure or authorization pursuant to this article shall not be required to create, develop or implement a service plan unrelated to an ABA plan. This article shall not apply to behavioral health treatments other than ABA that may be provided to persons with autism spectrum disorder. A license under this article shall not be required for persons to participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to implement an ABA plan; provided, however, that such team shall include one or more professionals licensed under this article or articles one hundred thirty-one, one hundred fifty-three, one hundred fifty-four or one hundred sixty-three of this chapter; and provided further that the activities performed by members of the team shall be consistent with the scope of practice for each team member licensed or authorized under this title, and those who are not so authorized may not engage in the following restricted practices: creation, modification or termination of an ABA plan; diagnosis of mental, emotional, behavioral, addictive and developmental disorders and disabilities; patient assessment and evaluating; provision of psychotherapeutic treatment; provision of treatment other than psychotherapeutic treatment; and development and implementation of assessment-based treatment plans, as defined in section seventy-seven hundred one of this title. Provided further, however, that nothing in this subdivision shall be construed as requiring a license or authorization for any particular activity or function based solely on the fact that the activity or function is not listed in this subdivision. Provided further, however, that nothing in this subdivision shall authorize the delegation of restricted activities to an individual who is not appropriately licensed or authorized under this title.
  6. Nothing in this article shall be construed as prohibiting an early intervention ABA aide, pursuant to regulations promulgated by the commissioner of health, and acting under the supervision and direction of a qualified supervisor who is licensed or otherwise authorized pursuant to title eight of this chapter from:
    1. assisting the supervisor and qualified personnel with the implementation of individual ABA plans;
    2. assisting in the recording and collection of data needed to monitor progress;
    3. participating in required team meetings; and
    4. completing any other activities as directed by his or her supervisor and as necessary to assist in the implementation of individual ABA plans.
    Provided however, that nothing in this subdivision shall authorize the delegation of restricted activities to an individual who is not appropriately licensed or otherwise authorized under this title; provided further however, that in regard to the early intervention program established pursuant to title two-A of article twenty-five of the public health law, an early intervention ABA aide under the supervision and direction of a qualified supervisor may complete activities necessary to assist in the implementation of an individual ABA plan, provided that such activities do not require professional skill or judgment.
  7. This article shall not be construed to prohibit care delivered by any family member, household member or friend, or person employed primarily in a domestic capacity who does not hold himself or herself out, or accept employment, as a person licensed to practice applied behavior analysis under the provisions of this article; provided that, if such person is remunerated, the person does not hold himself or herself out as one who accepts employment for performing such care.
  8. Nothing in this article shall be construed as prohibiting programs certified by the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services from providing substance use disorder services for persons with autism and autism spectrum disorders and related disorders.

* NB Effective July 1, 2014


§8808*. State board for applied behavior analysis.

  1. A state board for applied behavior analysis shall be appointed by the board of regents upon the recommendation of the commissioner and shall assist on matters of licensing and professional conduct in accordance with section sixty-five hundred eight of this title. An executive secretary of the board shall be appointed by the board of regents upon the recommendation of the commissioner.
  2. The board shall consist of seven individuals, to be composed of the following:
    1. Three licensed behavior analysts;
    2. One certified behavior analyst assistant;
    3. One licensed psychologist, who may currently prescribe treatment involving applied behavior analysis in his or her professional practice; and
    4. Two public representatives, as defined in paragraph b of subdivision one of section sixty-five hundred eight of this title.

* NB Effective July 1, 2014

Last Updated: June 3, 2014