Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #118
CE Offered: BACB
Increasing Behavior Analysts Participation in Public Policy
Saturday, May 27, 2017
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2C
Area: PRA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Amanda N. Kelly, Ph.D.
Chair: Amanda N. Kelly (University of West Florida; BEHAVIORBABE (Hawaii))
AMANDA N. KELLY (University of West Florida; BEHAVIORBABE (Hawaii))
KRISTEN E. KOBA-BURDT (University of West Florida; BAYADA Behavioral Health; Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis)
JULIE KORNACK (Center for Autism and Related Disorders)
Abstract: Changes in public policy at both a state and federal level in the United States have continued to impact the practice of behavior analysis in recent years. These developments have made it more important than ever for behavior analysts and those impacted by these policies to participate in public policy efforts. Our panelists will discuss the basics of public policy from a behavior analytic perspective, review public policy implications of emerging research, and provide useful strategies to increase the effectiveness of grassroots advocacy efforts. The panelists will share their experiences in both supporting and opposing various public policy initiatives including autism insurance reform, defining essential health benefits, licensure and regulation of the practice of behavior analysis, telehealth, and more. Finally, we will conclude the panel with a discussion of how behavior analysts can use this information on public policy and grassroots efforts to increase participation in public policy related to other social issues.
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): grassroots, law, public policy



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