Should Behavior Analysts be Licensed in Vermont?
The Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis have asked the Office of Professional Regulation to conduct a preliminary assessment of whether behavior analysts should be licensed in Vermont.
The Office of Professional Regulation is tasked with objectively gathering information about the profession and preparing a report for the Legislature. Our goal through this process is to be fully educated about all relevant issues and to be receptive to all views. We hope to hear from any person who has an interest or opinion regarding this question. Please review the information provided here and email us to share your thoughts.
To properly prepare a report for the Legislature, the Office of Professional Regulation must answer a series of questions leading to a well-considered recommendation on whether to license behavior analysts or not. We seek your input. Please review the questions listed below to help guide your input. Are we asking the right questions? If there are other questions that should be asked, please contact us.
Comments and Questions
Please email us your comments or proposed questions. Be sure to leave your mailing address and telephone numbers in case we need to contact you for more information. Feel free to provide as much information about yourself as you wish.
Comments by mail are also welcome. Please mail them to:
Behavior Analysts Sunrise Review
Vermont Office of the Secretary of State
Office of Professional Regulation
89 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
We anticipate scheduling one or more public hearings later this summer or fall. Refer to this page from time to time for updates.
We have provided a copy of the Legislative request, the application for sunrise review, and other relevant materials below.
We look forward to hearing from you.
- Request for review from the House Committee on Government Operations
- House Committee on Health Care—Memo in Support of Licensure
- Behavior Analysts Application for Preliminary Sunrise Review
- Behavior Analysts Application Attachment 4—Code of Ethics
- Behavior Analysts Application Attachment 4—Standards of Practice
- Behavior Analysts Sunrise Report
Questions Regarding Behavior Analysts
- Have behavior analysts caused harm to Vermonters? (Please give specific examples.)
- What harm or danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public can be demonstrated if behavior analysts continue to practice without some form of licensure?
- What benefit can the public reasonably expect if behavior analysts are licensed, and how would it be measured?
- Is there a need to assure that behavior analysts have a certain amount of education, training, or experience?
- Is the public protected from harm caused by behavior analysts by means other than regulation? (For example, criminal penalties, consumer protection laws, national organizations, employment relationships, small claims court, civil litigation, etc.)
- Can you provide us with the names of any groups or organizations that should be contacted for this review?