Behavior Frontiers and its founder, Helen Mader, M.A., BCBA, believe that it is important to be actively engaged in public policy, which shapes the future of applied behavior analysis (ABA) services for individuals with autism and other special needs. It is critical that we are involved in the process of creating a sustainable and practical way for families to continue to have access to high-quality ABA services for their children with developmental disabilities. Behavior Frontiers is involved with tracking, providing feedback on, and advocating for or against legislation that may affect our ability to provide high-quality ABA services to our clients. Please see a list of current issues, as well as potential ways for you to take action!
 
CALIFORNIA ISSUES
 
SB 399 (Portantino): The bill would make updates to the Health and Safety code language that was initiated by SB 946, the Autism Insurance Mandate. It would clarify the middle-tier supervision, the reporting requirement, parent participation, location of treatment, and staff qualifications for paraprofessionals, to include behavioral health treatment.
 
AB 1074 (Maienschein): The bill would make updates to the Health and Safety code language that was initiated by SB 946, the Autism Insurance Mandate. It would remove the requirement for paraprofessional and professional staff to be employed by a provider and it clarifies their qualifications. Furthermore, it would clarify the middle-tier supervisor job duties and remove the requirement for middle-tier supervisors to be “vedored” by the regional centers.


FEDERAL ISSUES
 
Repeal of the ACA

Take Action: Demand healthcare reform as if Autism matters
Contact Congress today - TAKE ACTION HERE


Congress will be in recess April 10 - 21. This means Members of Congress will be at home and the bottom line is, they urgently need to hear from you.

This week, Members of the House of Representatives and the Trump Administration are having renewed discussions on the American Health Care Act - which would repeal major provisions of the Affordable Care Act and decimate Medicaid (learn more here).

Here are three ways you can #JoinOurFight during recess to protect vital supports and services:

Stop what you are doing and call YOUR Members of Congress - then ask your friends & family to call. Click here for a short script and contact information to call your Members of Congress. It only takes a few minutes to tell them how important Medicaid and the ACA are in your life.

Have 2 more minutes? Follow The Arc on Facebook & Twitter to participate in "#WeActWednesday." Each Wednesday The Arc shares a quick way to take action on a current advocacy issue on our Facebook and Twitter. Please take action, share, like, and retweet every Wednesday

Have a free night? Attend Town Hall meetings. Showing up matters so much. Check out this resource listing all scheduled town hall meetings across the country, bring your friends and family and ask your Members of Congress to protect the ACA and Medicaid.