Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis

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

The Hawaii Senate approved an autism insurance bill, SB 791 sponsored by Senator Josh Green (D-Kohala/Kona) by a vote of 24-1. The legislation requires coverage for children with autism up to the age of 10.

There are two bills advancing in the state legislature that would require health insurance providers to cover treatments for autism. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

HABA Legislative Co-Chair, Sara Sato is featured.

Shannon talks with Dr. Amanda Kelly, President of Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) about their partnership with the Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT). This partnership will make it possible for parents of children with Autism in Hawai'i to get training in ABA techniques to help their children. Dr. Kelly also shares news of her new app: Behaviorbabe.

If you are a parent in Hawai'i, contact IBT directly at 858-768-2468 ext. 1451 for further information. 

For parents of autism spectrum kids nationwide, the big issue after diagnosis is where to get treatment and how to pay for it…and Hawai‘i is no different in that…with this exception: Hawai‘i is NOT one of the 38 states with legislation to make sure autism diagnosis and treatment are covered by insurance. That may change if one of a pair of bills moves to a successful conclusion this session. Our panel tonight: Big Island Sen. Josh Green MD, Lorri Unumb, the head of state government affairs for the New York-based non-profit Autism Speaks and Neurodevelopmental pediatrician Ryan Lee from Honolulu’s Shriners Hospital.


Legislative Updates (9/3/15)

Three bills passed the Hawaii State Legislature this session. In July 2015, 

Governor Ige signed the following bills into law! Plans renewing on or after January 1, 2016, will be impacted

Mahalo nui loa to the community for coming together in support of our autism ohana.

  1. Licensing of Behavior Analysts
  2. Autism Insurance/“Luke’s Law"

Behavior Analyst Licensure

· Must be licenced in order to practice after 1/1/2016.

· BCBAs and BCBA-Ds in good standing with the BACB can apply for licensure

· There is an application fee and renewal fee

· The penalty for practicing WITHOUT a license is $1000 per OCCURRENCE per DAY

· There will not be additional CEs above and beyond those required by the BACB.

· The entire law can be read here.


1. Licensed professional performing within scope of practice or duties

2. Board Certified assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), supervised by a LBA

3. Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT), supervised by a Licensed Behavior Analyst

4. Family members, supervised by a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA)

5. Non-human applications: animals and organizations

6. Practicum or fellowship, supervised by a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA)

7. Individuals pursuing certification as a behavior analyst, supervised by a LBA

Autism Insurance

· This law mandates all health insurance plans, including HMSA and Kaiser, to cover autism diagnosis and treatment services, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

· Coverage starts 1/1/2016

· ABA services will be capped at $25,000 per year.

· Children with autism up to 14 years will be covered.

· The entire law can be read here.

The Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children's BCBAs are offering a FREE parent-training pilot program #worldwide for English and Spanish speaking parents of young children with Autism or similar developmental delays (no diagnosis required).

The pilot targets kids 2-6 (though outside of this age range may still apply), must speak English or Spanish fluently and must have access to reliable internet, a webcam and the ability to use a skype-like video conference system. Those with no previous ABA experience are ideal. Primary focus will be increasing and generalizing functional communication.

Feel free to pass along or share the information. Parents can learn more information by going to www.woodallkids.org or by emailing [email protected] with questions.