Bakersfield, CA


Behavior Frontiers
5060 California Avenue, Suite 610
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Phone: 661.316.3930
Fax: 855.568.2494

 
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Behavior Frontiers is proud to announce that we are bringing our exceptional applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment program and clinicians to the Bakersfield, California area. Our professional and highly skilled staff is NOW available to conduct intake assessments with your family to begin the treatment process. 

Please contact us at 661-316-3930 to find out more about our services and to schedule an initial appointment.

Your child is unique and Behavior Frontiers offers individualized treatment plans to help each child to be successful. We offer behavior intervention services in the home, school, and community settings. Our ABA treatment program is customized to help each child learn adaptive skills in all areas of development, such as new communication, social, play, cognitive, self-care, and motor skills. Behavior Frontiers uses detailed data collection to track each child’s progress and uses research-based methods to find out why problem behaviors are occurring so that we can reduce those challenging behaviors. We make sure to include your family in all aspects of the treatment and in collaborating with other professionals to help your child reach his/her goals.

Service Locations
Behavior Frontiers’ clinical staff members are currently able to serve clients in or near the following cities: Algoso, Arvin, Bakersfield, Crome, Delano,  Edison, Fuller Acres, Gosford, Kayandee, Lamont, Landco, Lonsmith, Maltha, Oildale, Oil City, Oil Junction, Old River, Panama, Saco, Stevens, Shafter, Taft, Una, Venola, Wible Orchard

We are open to extending our range of service to additional areas and to contracting with additional school districts, regional centers, and insurance companies. Please contact our office at 310-856-0800 if you do not see your location listed above. Families located out of our service area can also receive our online ABA training for parents and professionals through Behavior Frontiers Online Training Center.

Insurance Company Services
Did you know that recent California law mandates that most health insurance plans cover ABA treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder? Behavior Frontiers has contracts with health plans so that we can provide this medically necessary treatment to children with autism spectrum disorder. Please contact us today to find out if your child’s health insurance plan will cover these benefits at 1-888-922-2843.

Behavior Frontiers is an in-network provider for the following commercial health plans within California: 

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross

  • Blue Shield (managed by Magellan)

  • Cigna

  • ComPsych

  • Humana (managed by LifeSynch)

  • Kaiser (managed by Easter Seals’ Behavioral Health Network)

  • LifeSynch

  • Magellan

  • Oscar

  • Tricare (West Region, managed by MHN)

  • United Behavioral Health (Optum)

Behavior Frontiers also provides ABA services to clients through the following Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans in California:

  • Anthem Blue Cross – Medi-Cal

  • Care1st

  • Kaiser – Medi-Cal

  • Kern Health Systems (KHS)

  • LACare

If your child is a beneficiary of one of these health plans, please contact our office today at 888-922-2843 so we can verify benefits.

We are also in the process of finalizing contracts with additional health plans. Please contact us if you do not see your health plan listed so that we can discuss your options.

Regional Center Services

We provide ABA services for children through California Regional Centers. California Regional Centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the California Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and support for individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

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Diana Betsis, M.A., BCBA
Senior Clinical Director

Diana Betsis received her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The following year she received her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Diana has worked with children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities. During her graduate studies her work and internships focused on adolescents with severe self-injurious and aggressive behaviors. Diana has worked as a Behavior Therapist and Behavior Supervisor in home, school, and community settings. Diana is an Experienced Clinical Director with a demonstrated history of utilizing ABA with clients with developmental disabilities. Skilled in Adolescent and Early Intervention Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Public Speaking. 

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Neela Zalmay, M.ADS BCBA
Associate Clinical Director - Bakersfield

Neela Zalmay received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Waterloo. She then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Applied Disabilities with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis from Brock University as well as her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Neela has experience working with children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down’s syndrome, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and other, dually diagnosed mental health conditions. Her experience includes various clinical positions in both one-on-one and consultative roles in regional clinics, hospitals and government funded agencies. Neela’s strengths are providing evidence-based intensive early intervention, augmentative communication, analysis and treatment of severe maladaptive behaviors and research in health and behavioral sciences.

She oversees clinical operations in the Bakersfield region and is passionate about research, particularly in behavioral pharmacology and providing evidence-based treatment services.