Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis

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


2018 Hawai'i ABA Legislative Updates

The legislative session moves fast. We will do our best to keep you updated. Be sure to follow HABA on FacebookSign up on the Hawai'i Capitol page to get alerts for hearings | Page updated Sunday, 2/19/2018

SB2285
SUPPORT

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#nostraw4me

Proposes a state-wide ban on single-use plastic straws. Introduced by Representative Karl Rhodes. 


(a) No individual or business shall distribute, sell, or otherwise provide a straw comprised in full or part of plastic. (b) Any individual or business violating subsection (a) shall be fined not less than $100, and not more than $500 for each offense. In addition to any fine imposed, an individual who violates subsection (a) shall be ordered to pick up and remove litter from a public place.


Plastic means any material made of polymeric organic compounds and additives that can be shaped by flow. 


Report adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and referred to JDC/WAM.

SB2520
SUPPORT

HSTA (Hawaii State Teachers Association) has requested a bill to allow for funding for Licensed Behavior Analysts (LBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) in the Department of Education (DOE). HABA is in SUPPORT of this bill! We stand #forourkeiki and for our teachers too! Mahalo nui to Senator Donovan Dela Cruz for sponsoring this very important piece of legislation.


Report adopted; Passed Second Reading and referred to WAM.

SB2496
SUPPORT
 w/amendments

HABA has reached a compromise with the DOH: keeping our law, as is, while granting 5 additional years for workforce development. HABA and the DOH have agreed to partner on trainings and dissemination of information to providers, case managers, and consumers. HABA believes in protecting consumers and maintaining quality of ABA Services. We will work with any Department that makes good faith efforts. 



The committee on HMS recommend the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS

HB2271 
SUPPORT w/amendments

At the start of the 2018 Legislative Session, the HIDOE originally introduced a bill seeking to limit ABA services to students in our schools (HB2271). Luckily, our legislators revised the bill. The original language submitted by the HIDOE has been removed from the bill, however additional concerning language was added in. While we respect licensed psychologists, who have ABA in their scope of practice who wish to continue to practice, we feel the language proposed in HB2271 HD2 is too broad to ensure appropriate consumer protections. Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) has proposed amended language, which we believe clearly provides licensed psychologists and teachers the necessary protections to practice, while also protecting our keiki and other recipients of applied behavior analysis (ABA) services. 


Report adopted. referred to the committee(s) on FIN as amended in HD 2.

HB2657
Strongly OPPOSE

HABA and the DOH have agreed to partner on trainings and dissemination of information to providers, case managers, and consumers. However, the language in the current bill is too broad and exposes clients to extreme risk of being managed by people without proper training and credentials in behavior analysis, outside of DOH-DDD cases. Therefore, at this time, HABA STRONGLY OPPOSES HB2657. 

(1)  An individual working within the scope of practice or duties of another licensed profession that overlaps with the practice of [behaviorapplied behavior analysis[; provided that the person does not purport to be a behavior analyst;], including individuals directly supervised by a licensed professional, such as unlicensed master's level practitioners, students, and postdoctoral fellows, who may train and supervise a paraprofessional, direct support worker, or parent or guardian in implementing an applied behavior analysis intervention; provided that the supervision is within that licensed professional's recognized scope of practice; and provided further that the licensed professional and the supervised individual shall not use the title "licensed behavior analyst"; 

The next committee to hear the bill will be FIN (finance), Representative Sylvia Luke

HB2143
Strongly
OPPOSE

Various bills are circulating this legislative session, which pertain to our Behavior Analysis Licensure law (Chapter 465-D). Despite strong support from our legislators, we feel the language moving forward in HB2143 HD1 puts consumers of ABA in great risk. While we respect licensed psychologists, who have ABA in their scope of practice who wish to continue to practice, we feel the language proposed in HB2143 HD1 is too broad to ensure appropriate consumer protections. Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) has proposed amended language in other bills moving forward this session. We believe the amended language we crafted clearly provides licensed psychologists and teachers the necessary protections to practice, while also protecting our keiki and other recipients of applied behavior analysis (ABA) services. 


Bill scheduled to be heard by CPC on Wednesday, 02-21-18 2:00PM in House conference room 329.