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Here you will find answers to many of our most frequently asked questions.  If you do not see the answer you are looking for, please reach out to us at [email protected]



What is the membership year?  When do I have to renew?

FABA membership runs through the calendar year (January-December) and renews on January 1st of each year regardless of when you joined.


My membership expired.  How do I rejoin?

No problem!  You can join again by clicking here:


How do I cancel my membership?

You may cancel your membership by emailing us at [email protected].  Please note that you may cancel your membership at any time, but the dues paid for membership are nonrefundable.



When is the CoFABA conference?

The CoFABA conference stands for the Chapters of FABA and is offered in collaboration with our local chapters throughout the state. This single-day, one-track, intimate conference typically offers around 5 CEU presentations and is held in the spring (April/May) each year.  Registration opens around February.  Be on the lookout for the exact dates in your email and on FABA’s official social media accounts.


When is the main FABA conference?

This conference takes place in fall (typically September) each year.  Registration opens around June along with the room block for those looking to stay at the official conference hotel.

September 27-30, 2023 - Orlando - Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

September 18-21, 2024 - JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort

September 17-20, 2025 - Ponte Vedra Beach - Sawgrass Marriott Gold Resort & Spa

September 2026 - Orlando - Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress


Does the FABA hotel offer accessibility services?  What options do they offer?

2023 - Orlando - Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress -

2024 - JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort -

2025 - Ponte Vedra Beach - Sawgrass Marriott Gold Resort & Spa -

2026 - Orlando - Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress -


How do I become a FABA Sponsor?

The Call for Sponsors opens around the same time as the registration window for both FABA and CoFABA conferences.  Please check the specific pages for each conference or email us at [email protected] for more information.  If you are looking to sponsor the FABA webpage, email us at [email protected] for current options and availability.


When should I plan to arrive to the main FABA conference?

The FABA conference Thursday with additional workshops available for purchase on Wednesday before the conference.  For the best conference experience, we suggest that you arrive no later than 7:30am Thursday morning and plan to stay through noon on Saturday.


When can I apply to be a speaker at the conference?

The call for speakers goes out around May of each year for the main FABA conference.  Your submission will be reviewed and a notification letter will be sent out by July of each year.


How do I get CEUs?

FABA offers behavior analyst CEUs.  These can be purchased as an add-on package to the conference registration.  FABA uses BehaviorLive for CEU certificate tracking and delivery.  In-person attendees should download the BehaviorLive app from the Apple AppStore or Google Play Store before attending the conference.  If you are attending online, please log in and follow the on-screen instructions.  Find out more here:


Collaboration with Public, Charter and Private Schools:

How Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) and Behavior Analysts Can Work as Private Instructional Personnel (PIP) to Support School Teams Working with Students with Behavior and Learning Challenges

10 minute video overview of the Florida Law with a short story of successful collaboration:

Please download the documents below that were designed to assist School Administrators and Teams (as mentioned in the above video):

Presented by the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis - Public Policy Committee

Please email your questions, concerns, and recommendations to [email protected]

Special thanks to Rachel Davis, BCBA, for her narration of Ethan's Story 





April 11, 2022

Agency for Health Care Administration
Bureau of Medicaid Policy
2727 Mahan Drive, Mail Stop #20
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Re: 59G-4.125, Behavior Analysis Services Coverage Policy

The Florida Association for Behavior Analysis would like to thank the Agency for Health Care Administration for working with FABA and providers of behavior analysis to make this transition to CPT codes as smooth as possible and to make certain that effective and ethical behavior analysis services are available to all Florida Citizens.

There are improvements in the proposed policy. One notable improvement is the emphasis
on parent involvement and the allowance for up to two hours per week of telehealth to allow for increased connection at times that are convenient to the recipient. However, as FABA and many others have discussed in prior meetings and in the workshop on 4/8/22, there are significant concerns with a number of aspects of the draft policy:

2.2 - Requires that the referral includes a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation (CDE) that recommends behavior analysis services. This is problematic in that some families are not able to find a provider to conduct a CDE in a timely fashion. FABA recommends that this be modified so that if a CDE has not yet been done but the recipient has a physician’s recommendation for behavior analysis, they would be eligible for services if a CDE was scheduled.

If is also the case that not every professional completing a CDE will recommend ABA. Perhaps ABA was not needed at the time the CDE was initially done, but was later deemed necessary out of concerns for safety, communication, or ability to perform major life activities. The CDE may have been completed in a state that did not have ABA services. FABA recommends that if the CDE did not recommend behavior analysis services but shows that the individual meets criteria for functional impairment, another physician, licensed profession or BCBA-D assess and make a recommendation the individual receive behavior analysis services.

4.2.1 – Requires two specific tools – The Vineland and BASC be administered with each prior service authorization request. These two tools are not sensitive to measuring improvements in recipient behavior, thus the benefit for their repeated use is unclear. The cost of purchasing the tests, obtaining training to administer and administering on a repeated basis are significant. FABA recommends that the pool of allowable assessments be expanded to include other tools such as the ABLLS, AFLS, PEAK, VB-MAPP and Essentials for Living. The professional conducting the assessment should select the tools most appropriate for the individual being assessed.

4.2.2 - The first paragraph indicates that the parent or guardian must participate in treatment. FABA supports the idea that parents participate in treatment, however, there are concerns over what “participate” means. There are also concerns about how this applies to situations when the recipient is over 18, lives in a group home, or has other primary caretakers. FABA recommends that the first paragraph of this section, and subsequent sections that address parents and guardians also include caretakers. Caregivers could be defined as person or personnel that must participate in treatment (e.g., grandparent, home staff, teacher, etc.). Consideration could also be given to providing specific activities that can demonstrate participation (assist with implementation, review data, etc.).

4.2.2 – The listing of procedures does not include all procedures on the fee schedule (e.g., T codes, supervision code. FABA recommends that all procedures on the fee schedule be defined in the policy.
4.2.2. - FABA continues to be concerned about the lack of modifiers when medically necessary treatment is implemented by BCBA, BCBA-D, BCaBA or FL-CBA.
4.2.3 - Supervision - FABA members have raised concerns about the requirement to bill a non-reimbursable code for supervision. For many providers, this will add additional administrative costs in generating and approving notes, entering into billing systems, etc. If supervision occurs in the middle of an RBT’s session, they will have to write 3 notes instead of one.
4.2.4 - Discharge – This section implies that individual would no longer be eligible to receive services if any of the items were true. For items three, four and five, this is problematic since the absence of maladaptive behavior should not be the only criteria for discharge. FABA recommends combining items 3-6 into one item such as “Data indicates the frequency and severity of maladaptive behaviors(s) or level of functional impairment no longer poses a barrier to recipient’s ability to function in their environment”
5.2. – Exclusion – FABA is concerned about the number of new exclusions added to this section. These exclusions will eliminate recipients from getting medically necessary services in environments where the behaviors occur, in situations that will allow the person to integrate into their communities and will interfere with ability to choose the most appropriate educational environment for their child. An unintended consequence of these exclusions will increase the delivery of services in clinics only, perhaps with only the those needing acquisition skills, leaving those bigger stronger, more violent recipients without any providers. Limiting provision of services in some setting will have an adverse affect on some families ability to work.

Concerns with specific exclusions:

  • What is the definition of an Autism Specialty School? Why is the ASD diagnosis singled out?
  • Recreational, leisure or educational camp? Although an RBT should not be used merely to provide 1-1 care in these settings, if these services are deemed medically necessary to treat severe or intense behaviors, or teach skills related to the recipients functional impairment, why is it excluded?
  • Extracurricular activities – In some areas, this may be the best situation to train social skills rather than in contrived social situations.
  • Caregiver of Childcare settings – This can be a valuable area to train skills and address challenging behaviors in integrated setting.

FABA recommends that the exclusions section be re-evaluated and concerns about the environments that services be provided be addressed through the prior authorization process. Perhaps some general guidance could be written into the policy.

6.2.2 This list is similar, but not identical to the Model Coverage Policy provided by the ABA
Coding Coalition. FABA recommends a number of items be modified:

  • The third item requires a “Thorough Medical History…”. This seems excessive and goes beyond the scope of practice of behavior analysts. This should be modified to “Brief background information including available relevant medical history”
  • The Supervision Plan requires the name of the person who is providing supervision. This should be modified to clarify that this is the plan for providing clinical oversight on this plan. Requiring the name of the actual person is problematic as it implies that the plan will need to be updated if there is turnover or coverage issues at the agency.

6.2.4. – FABA members have raised concerns about the practicality of session notes signed. It may not be clinically appropriate to get each note signed. Some electronic medical record systems allow for signatures, but the system do not show all the clinical items listed. It does not appear that this is a requirement for other Medicaid services. In lieu of requiring that each session note be signed, perhaps the parent, guardian or caretaker could sign a verification log that indicates the date, time in, time out, name and credentials of the provider. If the goal is to ensure parent/guardian/caregiver inclusion, the above verification log, along with parent training records, and signatures on assessments would appear to meet that objective.

FABA looks forward to working with AHCA to improve this policy. Please let us know if you
have any additional concerns.

Eric Prutsman – [email protected]
Tiki Fiol - [email protected]
Mary Riordan - [email protected]


April 6, 2022

Agency for Health Care Administration
Bureau of Medicaid Policy
2727 Mahan Drive, Mail Stop #23
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Re: 59G-4.002, Provider Reimbursement Schedules and Billing Codes

The Florida Association for Behavior Analysis would like to thank the Agency for Health Care Administration for working with FABA and providers of behavior analysis to make this transition to CPT codes as smooth as possible and to make certain that effective and ethical behavior analysis services are available to all Florida Citizens.

In the weeks since the proposed Behavior Analysis Fee Schedule was released, FABA has received feedback from many providers who are genuinely concerned with continuing to serve individuals with serious behavioral needs in our state. Of the many issues raised, the two primary concerns were:

  1. The rate table does not provide a modifier for procedure code 97153 when the treatment protocol is implemented by a BCBA, BCaBA or FL-CBA. Thus, when ongoing implementation of the treatment plan requires the skills of a more qualified practitioner, they must bill at the RBT rate (a 36% rate cut for BCBAs). AHCA should recognize that although the RBTs provides a valuable service, their training is limited and may not be appropriate for individuals with all types of challenging behaviors. There are a number of other situations that may require treatment to be provided by a BCBA-D, BCBA, BCaBA or FL-CBA rather than an RBT. These may include those individuals who require more sophisticated treatment which goes beyond the training and scope of practice of the RBT, the limited number of hours needed for each code making it most appropriate for one practitioner to provide all services, situations when more intensive services are being faded as well as a variety of workforce issues that impact the availability of RBT’s. FABA understands that AHCA wants to encourage the Pyramidal model when this is appropriate, but as stated above this is simply not appropriate for all recipients. The prior authorization process can be used to limit the use of BCBA and BCaBA services when RBT level providers would be more appropriate. The proposed implementation date for the new codes is July 1, 2022. FABA recommends that a more gradual transition to the new codes is needed to allow providers who do not currently have RBT level staff to attempt to hire them. Alternatively, this would give families a chance to find providers who use the pyramidal model. FABA recommends that modifier codes be added to procedure 97153 so that appropriate rates can be billed when treatment is implemented by a BCBA, BCBA-D or BCaBA. Our providers have informed us if modifiers are not added to 97153, many children with serious challenging behavior will lose services from their current providers.
  2. The current rate table suggests that concurrent billing 97155 with 97153 and 97154 is not allowed. It was clearly the intent of the AMA that these are distinct services and concurrent billing should be allowed. Medicaid plans in many states, and many insurance providers do allow such concurrent billing. Many of these other providers also provide a significantly higher rate. Maintaining a robust provider network for Medicaid recipients will require somewhat competitive compensation rates and allowances. FABA recommends that the proposed fee schedule be modified to allow the Lead Analyst and RBT or BCaBA to bill at the same time, when clinical direction is being provided.

Other concerns raised include:

  • It may be desirable for AHCA to add a location modifier so that an analysis could be conducted of environments in which services were being provided.
  • Although FABA understands that the intent of the current rate proposal was not to increase rates, there is concern that the Medicaid rates are lower than neighboring states and other insurance providers in Florida.
  • Some providers will incur additional costs associated with use of the 97153 XP code. It might help if AHCA explains the purpose of the code and clearly defined its intended use since it is not in the proposed policy.

Eric Prutsman – [email protected]
Tiki Fiol - [email protected]
Mary Riordan - [email protected]

FABA 2022 - General Information

Thank you for joining us for FABA 2022!

While the conference is over, there is much work still to be done.  If you are interested in finding additional ways to connect with FABA or your local chapter, please contact us at [email protected]  If you are looking to donate to the Public Policy Committee, you can do so here.
We welcome your feedback from the conference and look forward to working with you to continue advocating for ethical, responsible ABA practice across the state of Florida.
You will find the archived conference information page below.

The 42nd Meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis
September 21-23, 2022

in partnership with the

OBM Network Conference*

Saturday, September 24, 2022

 (*Separate registration required; attendance at either is not required to attend one)

Browse the Program:
Do you need technical assistance?

FABA - [email protected]   /   BehaviorLive - [email protected]

FABA 2022 Keynote

Gina Green, PhD, BCBA-D

FABA Invited Speakers 2022

Elizabeth Fong, PhD, BCBA-D

Corina Jimenez-Gomez, PhD, BCBA-D

David J. Cox, PhD, MSB, BCBA-D

Nicole Gravina, PhD

Kathryn Peterson, PhD, BCBA-D 

Tyra Sellers, JD, PhD, BCBA-D 


OBM Network Invited Speakers:

Judith Komaki, Ph.D.

Maria Malott, Ph.D. 

Ivy Chong, PhD, BCBA-D

Doug Johnson, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Shannon Biagi, M.S., BCBA

Krystyna Riley, M.A.

When is FABA? As in previous years, FABA will open with workshops on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 and break-out sessions occurring on both Thursday and Friday, the 22nd and 23rd, respectively. New this year, FABA will host the OBM Network for a one day conference on Saturday, September 24, 2022. 

Anything new this year? Yes, instead of FABA holding a half day of break-out sessions on Saturday, FABA will host the OBM Network Conference for a one day event. Check out the OBM Network at their website: FABA encourages members to register and attend the OBM Network Conference! To Register, visit
How do I submit a presentation proposal to FABA? The Call is now closed. We invite you to submit for consideration next year!
How do I submit a presentation to the OBM Network? The OBM Network conference features Invited Speakers only and therefore, is not calling for presentations at this time.  Interested parties are encouraged to submit to FABA for consideration for the OBM Track. 
When is the deadline to submit a presentation? The deadline closed on June 12th.
When should I expect an acceptance notification? All acceptance notifications have been sent. If your submission was not accepted this year, please note that a team of over 35 reviewers from across the state conducted blind reviews, evaluated all data uploaded, and accepted approximately 83% of submitted content.  Space also played an issue as the number of submissions doubled since 2021 and were higher than 2019 (pre-pandemic). Correspondence was sent to the email address(es) provided in the submission. Please note that all presenters must present on site.

How do I collect CEUs?  FABA will be using BehaviorLive for CEU certificate tracking and delivery this year.  In person attendees should download the BehaviorLive app in the Apple AppStore or Google Play Store before attending the conference.  If you are attending online, please login and follow the on-screen instructions.  Find out more here:

Conference Facts:

Host Hotel

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa (click the hotel name to be linked to their website)
1000 PGA Tour Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082 
Phone(904) 385-7777

Events and Dates

September 22-23, 2022, with pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, September 21st.

The OBM Network conference will be on Saturday, September 24, 2022. 

Conference Registration Fees

Advance Registration Only will be available for the following packages (once registrations opens):

FABA only - Professional Member Two Day Advance Registration - $250

FABA only - Student / Direct Care / Parent  Two Day Advance Registration - $150

FABA only - Non-Members Two Day Advance Registration - $350

FABA only - Advance Workshop Ticket (each) (CEUs included if needed) - Per Workshop 

FABA only - Behavior Analysis CEU Package - $85

OBM Network Only - $105 - Professional One Day Conference Registration

OBM Network Only - $75 - Student One Day Conference Registration

When to arrive and leave

The conference break out sessions officially begin on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 8 AM, and conclude on Friday, September 23rd at 5:00 pm with the [email protected] Afterglow Party starting at 9 PM featuring Ignites. FABA's Pre-Conference workshops will be held on Wednesday, September 20th and require an additional ticket purchase. Post-Conference workshops and break out sessions will not be held this year, but FABA will be partnering to bring the OBM Network Conference to Ponte Vedra! The OBM Network Conference will feature seven invited speakers on Saturday and will require an additional registration.

Most attendees will want to arrive by Wednesday evening in order to attend the Welcome Reception and the Annual special session that has been held by the BACB the past five years as a method to deliver pertinent updates to the members of FABA.

If you would like to take advantage of the full conference event, departure travel should be planned for Sunday, September 25th. We encourage all attendees to experience the OBM Network Conference right after the conclusion of FABA and attend the popular Ignites @ Nite! event at 8:00, directly followed by Karaoke and Dancing.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, September 20

FABA Store and Registration open 5:00 pm


Wednesday, September 21

FABA Store and Registration open 8:00 am

Workshops run from 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 - 4:00 pm (or 1:00 – 5:00 pm if 4 hours)

Welcome Reception (Social)


Thursday, September 22

FABA Store and Registration open 7:00 am

Breakout Sessions run from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Keynote Address 11:00 am

Inside Behavior Analysis with Dr. Gina Green 4:30 pm

Presidential Social/Poster Session 5:30 -6:30 pm

Reunions/Company Dinners/Special Private Events 7:00 pm


Friday, September 23

FABA Store and Registration open 7:00 am

Breakout Sessions run from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Presidential Address/Business Meeting 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

[email protected] Event and Auction

Friday Night Social


Saturday, September 24 – OBM Network Conference!

OBM Network Invited track runs from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please Note: All FABA Presenters Must Register for the Conference and Pay Annual Membership Dues; in order to access the OBM Network, FABA members will need to complete a separate registration as FABA registration only covers Thursday and Friday events.

The full agenda will be released in the weeks leading up to the conference, but details are subject to change up to and during the conference.  All sessions on Thursday & Friday are open to FABA conference ticket holders. Saturday's events by the OBM Network are available for those purchasing and registering for the OBM Network (an additional fee).

Name badges will be issued to all registered attendees, regardless of registration type, and must be worn at all times to gain entrance to sessions, events, the Exhibit Hall and all other areas of the Convention. One-day registration is not available for FABA. Exhibit Hall-only passes indicate limited Convention access and these individuals are not eligible for CEUs unless full registration is purchased. Guests must also wear their badges.

Your badge will not be mailed. You will receive your badge along with additional conference material at the conference packet pickup desk when you arrive.

Registration Cap

This year, we will be capping registration at 1,400.   This number is determined by the Fire Marshal as the maximum number of people who can exit the conference area in the event of an emergency. Please avoid attempts to attend the social events only without registering for the event to limit overcrowding. Please also plan to wear or display the conference name badge to security should you be prompted to do so.

On Site Registration

FABA does not offer on-site registration. This event is for preregistered attendees only.


Below is information about the distance to several airports as the hotel does not offer a shuttle. 

International airports near Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:


Domestic airports near Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:



Both Valet parking and self-parking are available at the hotel but these rates are subject to change.  FABA does not validate, reimburse or offer discounts on parking rates.

Valet Parking: $25 USD daily
Self-Parking: Reduced to $7 USD daily for FABA attendees

Weather/Conference Attire

In September, the temperature is an average high of around 90 degrees, with an average low around 75 degrees. Meeting room temperatures tend to be cold. Please bring a light sweater or jacket to all meetings. 


Should you require an invitation letter for a Visa application for travel to the U.S. to attend the conference, please forward proof of your conference registration to Kolton Sellers at [email protected] so that Kolton can get a letter issued to you.

Accessibility for Registrants with Disabilities

FABA is committed to providing an outstanding experience for all participants.  We strive for full access to the activities of these events based on an awareness of participants' needs and appropriate planning.  Accessibility accommodations relating to mobility, hearing, vision or other areas may be provided.

We ask that requests for reasonable accommodations requests be made as early as possible, and well in advance of the event, so we may best accommodate individual needs and requirements. Onsite requests will be accommodated to the best of our ability; however, available resources may be limited. You will see the opportunity to express your needs during the registration process as we are here to ensure a comfortable and accessible conference experience.

For questions or concerns about accessibility at this year’s conference, please contact [email protected]

Session Room Behavior

Extensive planning goes into scheduling sessions in appropriately sized rooms; however, the popularity of sessions is not always predictable, and overcrowding occasionally occurs. If a session room reaches capacity, attendees must follow the instructions provided by FABA staff, host hotel Regency staff, volunteers, or security staff. Attendees may be instructed not to stand against the walls or block the aisles or doors, or they may be denied entry if the room is too crowded. FABA is obligated to abide by the guidelines established by the Fire Marshal. If a room reaches full capacity and we do not have your cooperation, the Fire Marshal has the authority to delay or even terminate the session until any problem has been satisfactorily corrected. Please be courteous and respectful to staff and student volunteers when you are directed elsewhere.

Attendees are asked to be respectful of their fellow attendees and to be mindful of potential disruptions during sessions, such as eating food, use of phones or other mobile devices, or the presence of infants and children. Phones and other mobile devices should always be silenced. Attendees should not be photographing presentation slides unless explicit permission has been granted by the presenter(s); please respect the Recording Policy. Further, due to contractual obligations with both speakers, invited presenters, hotel management, and virtual presentation companies, no recording is allowed in sessions including during Ignites and social events without written approval of the Program Chair. Approval is contingent upon disclosing the purpose for the recording as well as adding a disclaimer that content is not endorsed by FABA.

Presentation Content and Feedback

Through the process of the Call for Papers, all submissions that included an abstract, title, learning objectives, data, and speaker qualifications are reviewed by over 35 independent reviewers from the field. These reviewers are volunteers from across the state that consist of practitioners and researchers as FABA aims to provide the highest quality, state of the art research findings for attendees. However, FABA does not individually vet the specific content of each live presentation in advance of the event. Therefore, FABA is not responsible for the content a presenter may choose to deliver during a live or pre-recorded presentation nor can the FABA Program Committee guarantee that a presentation includes all relevant facts, data, or the most up-to-date research. FABA is not liable in the event that omissions or errors occur. However, FABA also affords attendees and members the opportunity to deliver feedback to each presenter through session ratings and feedback narratives immediately upon the conclusion of the session. FABA also provides the email address for each speaker at the conference printed in the conference Program to facilitate an attendee's direct communication with the presenter of concern. In line with the BACB's Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts, FABA encourages attendees to deliver immediate feedback directly to presenters should the need arise and as, always, please reach out to the Program Chair should you need additional clarifications or support.

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