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Professional and Ethical Practice Issues Facing Today's ABA Providers - February 2, 2024

We are excited to announce an upcoming Ethics CE event sponsored by the newly formed chapter, SWFL ABA, representing Collier and Lee Counties in the Naples, Cape Coral, and Ft. Myers areas.

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Announcing CoFABA 2024 - The Intersection Between Science and Practice

Excitement is building as we unveil the stellar lineup of speakers and their captivating topics for the upcoming CoFABA 2024 conferenceCoFABA 2024 boasts a diverse array of speakers, each bringing a unique perspective and expertise to the forefront of behavioral analysis. Renowned experts, thoughtful leaders, and innovators from around the state will converge to share their insights and discoveries, making this conference a must-attend for anyone passionate about the future of behavioral science as we focus on the intersection of science and practice.

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Remembering Dr. Brian Iwata

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Dr. Brian Iwata's passing. Dr. Iwata was a pioneering figure in behavior analysis and his contributions to our science will forever be remembered and cherished.
Dr. Iwata's groundbreaking work in functional analysis and his efforts in disseminating behavior analysis have transformed countless lives. His relentless pursuit of knowledge revolutionized our understanding of behavior and set the stage for future advancements.
Beyond his research, Dr. Iwata was an exceptional mentor and educator. His passion for understanding and improving human behavior touched the lives of many. His dedication to evidence-based practices will be an inspiration for generations to come.
Dr. Iwata's impact on FABA, of which he was a past president, was immeasurable. He provided guidance and support to countless behavior analysts, shaping perspectives and inspiring excellence. His influence extended beyond behavior analysis, teaching us compassion, dedication, and the importance of community.
As we mourn Dr. Iwata's loss, let us also celebrate his achievements and the legacy he leaves behind. His dedication to advancing behavior analysis will continue to guide and inspire us.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Dr. Iwata's family, friends, and colleagues. May his spirit live on through our ongoing pursuit of excellence and compassion in behavior analysis.
Rest in Peace, Dr. Brian Iwata, you will be greatly missed.

Message from the President: FABA Board in Action

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Celebration of Life - Dr. Henry Pennypacker

In Loving Memory of Dr. Henry "Hank" Pennypacker

 

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Home & School Collaboration: A Discussion on Processes, Problems and Possible Solutions for Successful Integration of Behavior Services

Join us on September 22, 2023 at 9:30 AM EST for a presentation by the FABA Education Workgroup of the Public Policy Committee.

Participants will gain an orientation to and receive an overview of House Bill 255 with the allowance of PIPs (private instructional personnel) in the school setting.  We will discuss how to effectively collaborate with outside organizations including clarification of medical necessity.  In addition, we will hear from participants on current barriers and hear from others on successful practices to access the school environment.  We will provide some tips and tricks for effective entry and communication.  We will also share helpful resources.

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Update on AHCA's Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for Managed Care

Thank you to everyone who has reached out regarding AHCA's Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for Managed Care. You may find the entire document on the My Florida Marketplace Website (https://vendor.myfloridamarketplace.com/search/bids/detail/4836). The ITN is long (956 pages) plus 4 addendums. On pages 757, 758, and 788 the ITN references Behavior Analysis Services and specifically that the Managed Care Plan's transition of care includes coordination and transition of behavior analysis services from fee-for-service to managed care delivery.

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AHCA MANAGED CARE PLAN RESPONSE DEADLINES EXTENDED

AHCA MANAGED CARE PLAN RESPONSE DEADLINES EXTENDED

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FCABA Secretary Position Available

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FABA Announces End to Litigation with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)

FABA announces an end to its litigation with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) regarding the proposed revisions to the Medicaid Behavior Analysis Services Coverage Policy. 

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FABA Elections Open Until September 8, 2023

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Call for Volunteers

FABA counts on volunteers for the substantial work they do at the annual conference, as this work is crucial in making the conference run smoothly. Daily Session monitors are being recruited to assist in managing the break-out sessions scheduled throughout the conference, and contingent on the number of shifts committed to and successfully completed, they may earn reduced or free registration. Note: Volunteers must be registered for the conference using the conference registration form. Completing the volunteer form does NOT automatically register you for the conference. 

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FABA Volunteer Opportunities Available

Hi FABA members!

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RBTs in Schools

RBT HB 795 PASSED! Effective July 1, 2023, schools are now open to more RBTs providing services as Private Instructional Personnel (by removing the requirement of employment by a Medicaid Provider.) This was made possible due to the support of Rep. Tant and Sen. Hooper; and the advocacy efforts of parents and providers who contacted state leaders and the Governor via our VoterVoice online campaign. Thanks to all who helped this law become effective! FABA plans more work with the Dept of Education to improve RBT access.

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Got Concerns About AHCA?

... and their Behavior Analysis Services Policy, Provider Reimbursement Fee Schedules, or Billing Codes? First, be sure to report your concerns directly to AHCA click here. Your report becomes an important public record. The FABA Public Policy Committee (PPC) is also very concerned and has long been advocating for change. FABA filed a legal petition and is awaiting the legal hearing. The PPC has also been active in AHCA workshops, hearings, and virtual meetings. Click here for more information. Click here to send an email to FABA's PPC about persistent and problematic concerns with AHCA.

New Executive Director Announced

The Florida Association for Behavior Analysis is pleased to announce that Dr. Melissa "Missy" Olive has been selected for the contractor position as FABA's new Executive Director.  Dr. Olive will begin this position at the board meeting on May 11, 2023. 

FABA 2023 Call for Papers is now Open

Dear FABA Members!
 
We are excited to open the 2023 Call for Papers for our 43rd Annual Conference. Don't forget to submit your recent research initiatives and presentations for consideration. Prospective presenters will submit their proposals through the Call for Papers abstract management portal hosted by BehaviorLive.  This portal will be used to submit all proposal types including meetings and special events. Successful submission does not guarantee acceptance.
 
Please note the deadline for submissions is May 31, 2023 by 11:59 PM. Workshops will be reviewed as they are received so be sure to get your proposals in early. Upon the deadline, all reviews will continue and acceptance notifications will be sent until all spaces have been filled. 



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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.

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2022 Conference Registration is Open!

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