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Information About Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

What to do if your child is enrolled in Medical Assistance and you have concerns about Applied Behavioral Analysis.

If you are having a problem getting Applied Behavioral  Analysis (ABA ) for your child  that you have not been able to resolve with your Behavioral Health Managed  Care Organization or the county, you may contact Juill Weaver, at 717-409-3791 or

Medical Necessity Guidelines for Applied Behavioral Analysis: Clinical Workgroup Update

In August 2015, OMHSAS convened a small, time-limited clinical workgroup to assist in the development of new Medical Necessity Guidelines (MNG) for children and adolescents with ASD.  The Guidelines are specific to Applied Behavioral Analysis within the home and community based services level of care. 

Medical Necessity Guidelines for Applied Behavioral Analysis: Clinical Workgroup Update

Virtual Workshop for Trainers in Functional Behavior Assessment

The Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) has announced the launch of a new edition of the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)Training DVD set and virtual workshop for trainers. The FBA training has been completely revised. The session format, content, procedures and supplemental procedures have all changed. Anyone who would like to continue to conduct the FBA training approved by the BAS must complete the 2012/2013BAS FBA Trainer Virtual Workshop. Current trainers will be required to complete the workshop by October 31, 2013. In the meantime, current trainers may continue to use the 2008 version of the FBA training materials until October 31.

More information is in the BAS Communication Number BAT03-13

Medical Assistance Coverage of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Presentation March 31, 2015

Medical Assistance Coverage for Services to Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Memo March 18, 2015

Information about Behavior Specialist Licensing (BSL)

Content Areas for Behavior Specialist Licensure Trainings and Coursework, July 2014

Enrollment and Payment of Behavior Specialist Consultant Services

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services recently released a new bulletin entitled “Enrollment and Payment of Licensed Providers that Provide Behavior Specialist Cnsultant Services to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” This bulletin sets forth the requirement that children with Autism Spectrum Disorders receive treatment from appropriately licensed staff beginning May 26, 2014. The bulletin was previously circulated in draft form for comment. Included in this bulletin is a service description format to be used by individuals seeking to enroll to provide BSC-ASD services. The bulletin is effective May 26, 2014. Bulletin with attached service description format

ACT 62 Behavior Specialist FAQ: information specific to the implementation of ACT 62, the Behavior Specialist regulations, and BSC-ASD services, as it pertains to DPW’s behavioral health rehabilitation (BHRS) services.

Behavior Specialist Licensing: DHS Implementation Plan Stakeholder WebEx, January 29, 2014

Behavior Specialist Licensure Application Process Overview, revised October 2016  

Act 62 Behavior Specialist License Application Process Flowchart, 3/6/13

BSL Trainings: All 90 Hours Now Available through BAS, 4/8/13

Behavior Specialist Licensure Stakeholder Webinar Powerpoint Presentation, 4/17/13

Responses to Questions raised on the 4/17/13 Web Ex training for Behavior Specialist License (BSL)

Announcement of link to April 17 webinar and application form

Behavior Specialist Licensing: Reporting Fraud and Misconduct
As we continue to implement the behavior specialist license, it is important to be aware of the following resources and expectations:

If you believe a licensed behavior specialist has engaged in unprofessional or immoral conduct, as defined in 49 Pa Code§16,  you should file a complaint with the Board of Medicine.  The Board of Medicine’s disciplinary process is set out in the Board’s regulations, 49 Pa Code § 16.41 – 16.61

If you are aware of an arrest or conviction, please contact the Board, even if you believe another entity, such as the courts, will be contacting them. They appreciate the contact and will be able to forward the information to their Compliance Office for review/investigation. Complaint process. (Please note that this web page lists Pennsylvania’s 29 licensing Boards, of which the Board of Medicine is one. The site does not list the various individual license professions/types that are regulated by each of the 29 licensing Boards, including the behavior specialist license. However, the information included on this site does apply to behavior specialists licensed by the Board of Medicine. )