FABA Elections Report 2022

The annual nomination and election processes of FABA were overseen by the Elections Committee this year. Nominations for President Elect and two Member at Large positions were received from around the state and voting opened August 19th, ending on September 5th, 2022. The elections process is vital to our organization allowing the FABA Board to obtain new Board Members. These individuals are selected by you, our membership, and they play a vital role in fulfilling the purpose that was founded in 1980. The FABA Board meets multiple times through the year, and often Board Members meet monthly in smaller committees to complete the work of FABA, work that is so much more than an Annual Conference.

In an extremely close race for President Elect between Dr. Kerri Peters and Matt Potak, Matt slightly edged out Kerri but just a few votes. Matt is the long-standing President of the Bay Area Association for Behavior Analysis, one of FABA’s Local Chapters. He is also a past Member at Large and the Co-Chair of FABA’s Public Policy Committee. Congratulations to Matt on his new position and thank you for your continued volunteer efforts to our organization. But gratitude must also be extended to Kerri, as she has continued to maintain her role as the appointed Secretary for FABA, as well as her participation in several FABA committees. We are lucky to have two longstanding and active members continue to serve.

If you are not aware, individuals elected as a Member at Large serve a three year term. 2022 nominations were as follows: Dr. Anthony Concepcion, Dr. Lindsay Lloveras, Dr. Meka McCammon, and Ms. Kelly Therrien. We would like to thank everyone that participated in the election and congratulate Lindsay and Kelly on their new roles. Both have hit the ground running and are actively involved in several committees. Lindsay has taken the lead as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (and Accessibility) Committee. Kelly, who is also the President of the Association for Behavior Analysis of Brevard Chapter, will continue to play an active role with Local Chapters and the CoFABA Conference Planning Committee. She has also volunteered to assist with the Program Committee. Congratulations to both of you, and we appreciate all the work you have done and will continue to do.

If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a member of the FABA Board, nominations will open in summer of 2023. Remember you need to have an active FABA membership to nominate, be nominated and vote. There are many other ways you can participate in our organization. You can also join and participate in local chapters throughout the state. They hold elections for officers every two years. Several current and former Board Members began at the local chapter levels. There are also methods to volunteer and assist on committees or subcommittees, and actively participate in rallies, hearings and more. Feel free to contact your local chapters or the FABA Board for opportunities. 

 

RBTs in Public Schools

RBTs in Public Schools

Beginning July 1, 2022, Registered Behavior Technicians should be allowed to provide Applied Behavior Analysis services for students in Florida’s Public Schools. The new law HB 255 added RBTs in the definition of “Private Instructional Personnel”. But, there have been problems with the implementation of this law. FABA will work with legislators to seek revisions to language in the bill that restricts RBTs who are not employed by Medicaid Providers. FABA will also work with the Department of Education to address other problems with RBT access.

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