Legislative Update—Behavior Analysis Practice Act Passed
On June 6, 2023, the governor signed the Behavior Analysis Practice Act, which passed with a 47-0 vote by the legislature as part of LB 227
What does the bill involve?
You can read the full Behavior Analysis Practice Act here. The bill defines the practice of behavior analysis, outlines requirements for licensure of behavior analysts, and describes the general process for licensure. The Board of Behavior Analysts will define the rules and regulations for the minimum standard for licensure that includes individuals being certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). The Board will also adopt a code of ethics based on the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts.
When will I need to become licensed?
One year after the bill has been signed, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs) will need to submit an application through the Department of Health and Human Services to become licensed.
Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are not required to be licensed. They can continue to provide services under the supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA.
We will provide updates to members on this process as information on the specific steps becomes available.