GABA is currently pursuing state licensure for Behavior Analysis.
Currently, 31 states require state licensure for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs); however, Georgia is not one of those states.
Licensure is necessary to accomplish these two major goals outlined by the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts:
Specify requirements for obtaining and renewing the government-issued credential (license, certificate, or registration)
Determine the composition and operations of the board or other entity that is to manage the credentialing program, fees, ethical and disciplinary standards, complaint and investigatory procedures, and sanctions that can be imposed on credentialed individuals as well as those who practice without holding the required credential
Dr. Colin Muething, former president of GABA and the Licensure Committee chair describing the bill, the potential impact, and taking questions at the Regulated Industries Committee hearing in February 2021.
Rep. Katie Dempsey sharing about HB 412 during a Regulated Industries Committee hearing in February 2021.