BCBA Working Group Updates

The Board of Medicine and a working group made up of BCBAs and other licensed professionals had their first meeting on March 12, 2012. They are tasked with developing the license regulations for BCBAs under the law that would require reimbursement for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and treatment by a BCBA for children with a diagnosis of autism.

Appointees to the working group are:

  • Eli Newcomb, BCBA

    Faison School, Assistant Director


  • Theodore Hoch, BCBA


  • Kristin Helgerson, MS, BCBA


  • Lauren-Lee Askew, (Assistant) BCABA


  • Christine Evanko, BA, MBA-consumer


  • Anthony Pelonero, MD

    Anthem Medical Director for Mental Health


  • Virginia Van de Water, Ph.D, Psychologist

    Past member, Virginia Board of Medicine


Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists spoke to the group. He had two basic talking points. The first was that the VACP strongly urges the working group to consider Liscensed psychologists’ extensive role in implementing behavior analysis in the past. They’d obviously like to be grandfathered into any licensing regulation w/o being made to acquire additional licenses. His second was that the group should take effort to increase the transparency of BCBA’s billing practices. He claimed (falsely) that BCBAs currently bill for work their uncertified workers (tutors) do, without actually doing any work.

This false accusation was addressed by Kristen Helgerson, MS, BCBA on the panel.

The public is invited and welcome to attend the meetings.

The minutes of the meeting will be posted at http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/ and on www.dhp.state.va.us/medicine/medicine_calendar.htm

The public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.

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