It appears as though SB739 will NOT be heard again in the 2017 legislative session. It may carry over and be heard in the 2018 legislative session.
What does this mean? Existing state law (ACT 199) law remains as is. Act 199 requires licensure for the practice of behavior analysis. The law also requires the RBT credential for direct support workers providing ABA (DOE and DOH-DDD must have RBTs starting in 2019). Please visit our pages on Licensure and ABA in DOE for more information.
HABA will continue to focus on consumer protection and malama our keiki! We will keep our members posted.
In order to practice behavior analysis in Hawaii, you MUST be licensed. Instructions are listed on the application and include two different options for verification of certification from the BACB / DCCA Website: Behavior Analyst licensing program
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