Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis

To educate, advocate for, and support both providers and consumers 
of Applied Behavior Analysis.


ABA in DOE (Applied Behavior Analysis in the Dept. of Education Schools)

In the 2016 legislative session, the Hawaii Dept. of Education requested an exemption from Act 199, which is the law that licenses behavior analysts. The community (led by HABA) opposed exemptions from the DOE, as doing so would place our most vulnerable keiki in harm's way. 

  • Fortunately, the requirement for a licensed behavior analyst was upheld by our legislators
  • The DOE was granted a "grace period" (1/1/19) for all "direct support workers" to become Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs)

Read the amended language HERE
In Hawaii state law, Act 199:

"Practice of behavior analysis" means the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional and environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvements in human behavior. Practice of behavior analysis includes the empirical identification of functional relations between behavior and environmental factors, known as functional assessment and analysis. Practice of behavior analysis also includes the use of contextual factors, motivating operations, antecedent stimuli, positive reinforcement, and other consequences to help people develop new behaviors, increase or decrease existing behaviors, and emit behaviors under specific environmental conditions. Practice of behavior analysis expressly excludes psychological testing, diagnosis of a mental or physical disorder, neuropsychology, psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, sex therapy, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, and long- term counseling as treatment modalities.


Who is allowed to provide behavior analytic services?

Language from ACT 199, SB 1311, and SB2670


(1)  An individual working within the scope of practice or duties of another licensed profession that overlaps with the practice of behavior analysis; provided that the person does not purport to be a behavior analyst;


(2)  An individual who implements or designs applied behavior analysis services and possesses board certification as an assistant behavior analyst by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and who practices in accordance with the most recent supervisory and ethical requirements adopted by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board under the direction of a behavior analyst licensed in this State;


(3)  An individual who directly implements applied behavior analysis services[,is] and


(A)  Is credentialed as a registered behavior technician by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, and is under the direction of a behavior analyst licensed in this State; or


(B)  Is a direct support worker who provides autism treatment services pursuant to an individualized education plan on or before January 1, 2019; or


(C)  Is a direct support worker who provides medicaid home and community-based services pursuant to section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act on or before January 1, 2019;


(4)  A family member or legal guardian implementing an applied behavior analysis plan and who acts under the direction of a behavior analyst licensed in this State;


(5)  An individual who engages in the practice of behavior analysis with nonhuman or nonpatient clients or consumers including but not limited to applied animal behaviorists and practitioners of organizational behavior management;


(6)  A matriculated graduate student or postdoctoral fellow whose activities are part of a defined behavior analysis program of study, practicum, or intensive practicum; provided that the student's or fellow's activities or practice is directly supervised by a behavior analyst licensed in this State or an instructor in a Behavior Analyst Certification Board-approved course sequence; or


(7)  An individual pursuing experience in behavior analysis consistent with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's experience requirements; provided that the experience is supervised by a behavior analyst licensed in this State."