Update: Behavior Analyst Licensing Act Passes Through Assembly Committee

January 24, 2019

Dr. Suzanne Buchanan testifying in front of the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee.

On Thursday, January 24th, the Behavior Analyst Licensing Act (A4608) sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16), and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11) was posted for a vote in the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee. It passed through the committee unanimously.

Autism New Jersey was present during the hearing and provided testimony in support of the bill. The committee, which is chaired by bill co-sponsor Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-34), heard requests for amendments from the Arc of NJ and the Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD). Autism New Jersey Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Buchanan then responded to the requests for amendments in her testimony. To address these outstanding concerns, Chairman Giblin requested that Assemblyman Zwicker bring together these three agencies, and Assemblyman Zwicker agreed. The committee then voted to pass the bill without any amendments.

Similar to the Senate version of the bill, the Assembly version is now referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. We will continue to provide updates as the bill advances through the legislative process.

We would like to thank the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis (NJABA), Atlantic Health System, and the New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) for conveying their support to the Commerce and Regulated Professions committees.

Path to Law: Behavior Analyst Licensing Act

Questions regarding licensure for behavior analysts should be directed to the licensure board at behavioranalyst@dca.njoag.gov or by visiting the board’s website.