Appleseeds Behavioral Center Earns 2-Year BHCOE Accreditation
Receiving National Recognition for Commitment to Quality Improvement
Kennesaw, GA – BHCOE Accreditation has recognized Appleseeds Behavioral Center with a 2-Year Accreditation, acknowledging the organization as a behavioral service provider dedicated to continuous improvement in applied behavior analysis. BHCOE Accreditation recognizes behavioral health providers that excel in the areas of clinical quality, staff qualifications and consumer satisfaction and promote systems that enhance these areas. These areas are measured with a wide-ranging audit, including interviews with agency clinical leadership, in-depth on-site observation, a detailed staff qualification review, an anonymous staff satisfaction survey and an anonymous consumer satisfaction survey.
BHCOE Accreditation is the only applied behavior analysis (ABA)-specific accreditation. It provides feedback regarding clinical best practices, staff satisfaction and turnover, and consumer protection. Acting as a third-party, the organization systematically measures and reports on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community using standardized methods and practices, and accredits only those service agencies that meet these standards.
“Our mission is to provide a fun, creative, and supportive learning environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families,” said Founder & Owner Emma Chenoweth. “BHCOE Accreditation is an essential component of delivering our effective ABA program. Our team is committed to providing comprehensive therapeutic services to the Autism community in Georgia.”
About BHCOE Accreditation
BHCOE Accreditation is a trusted source that recognizes behavioral health organizations committed to continuous quality improvement. BHCOE offers a third-party measurement system that differentiates and provides independent feedback on clinical quality indicators. The BHCOE criterion features standards that subject-matter experts developed to measure effective applied behavior analysis services. For more information, visit www.bhcoe.org.
About Appleseeds Behavioral Center
Appleseeds Behavioral Center was founded in 2013. When the doors first opened, most insurance plans in the state of Georgia did not cover ABA. Families were forced to pay out of pocket for services. Our original mission was to provide high quality, affordable ABA services to the Autism community. 2015 changed everything when Ava’s Law passed! The bill was signed by Governor Nathan Deal in April 2015 and became effective July 1, 2015. Under Ava’s Law, insurance companies regulated by Georgia law were required to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children diagnosed with Autism until the age of 7. Appleseeds moved from a 3000 sq ft facility to an 8000 sq ft facility to better serve the needs of families. Our team expanded services by adding an Early Intervention Clinic that provides therapy in a warm and friendly preschool-like setting. Discrete trial teaching is incorporated within the natural environment, so skills are mastered and generalize to real-world environments. Georgia has continued to support children with Autism. Effective January 1, 2018, the Department of Community Health added ABA coverage for individuals with ASD under the age of 21. This was an amazing step in the right direction for Georgia families that needed access to ABA! Appleseeds chose to expand to areas that had little to no access to ABA Therapy. Appleseeds opened a location in Rome, GA in February 2018. The best is yet to come for Georgia! Governor Deal has signed Senate Bill 118, which amended Ava’s Law by increasing the limits on the coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis to individuals age twenty. SB 118 went into effect on January 1, 2019. Appleseeds has always been committed to meeting the needs of the Autism community in Georgia since 2013. As a BHCOE accredited organization, we are committed to serving our community. Georgia is your home. Georgia is our home. Our team is here for you. We believe in treating children with Autism as a team, with combined ABA & Speech-language pathologists working together to provide the best outcomes for children with Autism. We are excited to announce that we will continue to open additional locations across Georgia. For more information, visit https://www.abatherapyga.com/