Florida Behavior Analysts Need Support for Our Licensure Bill!
Florida Behavior Analysts Need Everyone to Support the Licensure Bill As It Goes For Final Senate Vote Monday!
The bill filed by State Senator Bean has passed through all of its committees in the Senate due to the hard work of parents, professionals, and FABA leaders. This legislation is now going to the floor of the Senate for a critical vote on Monday, April 28.
This important bill preserves behavior analysts' right to practice and protects vulnerable Floridians from unqualified, unprofessional, or unethical practitioners. In recent days this bill has faced major opposition from the Florida Psychological Association (FPA) which is pushing for behavior analysts to be controlled by the Board of Psychology. This could lead to mandated supervision by psychologists which would be devastating for behavior analysts and citizens of Florida. Your active support is needed NOW to pass the current bill and stop attempts to restrict our right to practice!
We need emails sent by Friday, April 25 to the Senator in YOUR voting district. The email can be as brief as "Please VOTE YES ON SB1212 for the licensure of behavior analysts!"
You may copy and paste the above sample letter into your email. You also may edit the letter and add your own observations about the need for licensure (e.g., prevent practice by unqualified who may harm consumers, require background checks to protect vulnerable children and clients, limit the practice of any behavior analysts engaged in malpractice).
To find the Senator for your district, enter your home mailing address at this websites: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find
Please encourage all of your friends and associates who are BCBAs, BCaBAs, students in ABA programs, or any other supporters of behavior analysis to send similar emails by Friday.
We also need your help finding consumers, or parents of consumers, to send emails to their Senators by Friday.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!! WE ARE VERY NEAR THE END OF THIS PROCESS!!!
Please stay alert for one more request to send a similar letter just before the soon to be announced vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.
History of the Bill
You can watch the video of the committee hearings!
3/24/14 House Health Quality Subcommittee (start at approx. 6 minutes) http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/32414-house-health-quality-subcommittee/
4/1/2014 Senate Health Policy Committee (start at 1:59) http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/4114-senate-health-policy-committee/
4/8/2014 House Health Care Appropriations (start about minute 30) http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/4814-house-health-care-appropriations-
4/10/14 – Senate Regulated Industries (start at minute 25) http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/41014-senate-regulated-industries-comm
4/22/14 - Senate Appropriations Committee hearing (start at hour 6, minute 54) http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/42214-senate-appropriations-committee/