BHCOE Standard 201

Standards of Excellence for Applied Behavior Analysis Services

Title of Standard: BHCOE 201: Standards of Excellence for Applied Behavior Analysis Services

Abstract: These standards focus on areas needed to deliver and sustain high-quality services, manage treatment costs, and reduce risk and liability. The standards address the following areas: Ethics, Integrity, & Professionalism; Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; General Requirements & Liability; Recruiting, Hiring, & Retention; Patient Intake; Service Delivery; Clinical Documentation; Health, Safety, & Emergency Preparedness; Media, Communication, & Representation; and HIPPA & Compliance.

Project Need: To date, there are no industry-wide standards for organizations that provide Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. These standards and guidelines focus on areas needed to deliver and sustain high-quality services, manage treatment costs, and reduce risk and liability.

Note: The public comment period will begin Friday, September 10th, 2021, and remain open for 45 days. All comments must be submitted by Monday, October 25th, 2021 at 5 PM PST to be considered by the commission.

Commission Activities

The BHCOE Commission has met to discuss public commentary from the first-round draft of the standards on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
  • Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
  • Friday, December 18th, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
  • Friday, February 26th, 2021
  • Friday, March 26th, 2021
  • Monday, April 19th, 2021
  • Monday, May 17th, 2021
  • Monday, June 21st, 2021
  • Monday, July 19th, 2021

All comments have been resolved and BHCOE has now opened Standard 201 for the second set of public comments.

STANDARD 201 IS CURRENTLY OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 10 to OCTOBER 25. TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS PLEASE SEE THE GUIDELINES BELOW.

Public Commentary Guidelines:

Openness is a very important feature of the U.S. voluntary standardization system. To help ensure such openness, ANSI procedures require a public review and comment period for American National Standards activities and for any procedures submitted for accreditation or reaccreditation by a standards developer.Comments should be received by BHCOE by the deadline (earlier if possible) to ensure consideration by the Committee.

To submit comments, they should be set forth using BHCOE Public Commentary Forms as follows:

  • Page Number, Line Number, in the document;
  • Comments/objection;
  • Rationale for comment/objection; and
  • Suggested alternative text to resolve comment/objection.
  • The above format is not required for comments concerning typographical errors; simply identify the nature and location of the error (e.g., by page, and line number).
  • Failure to comply fully with these instructions may cause comments to be considered non-persuasive.
  • If comments are not provided using the public commentary form, they will not be considered by the BHCOE ANSI Commission.
  • All comments must be sent to standards@bhcoe.org. You may also CC: psa@ansi.org.

Download the BHCOE Public Commentary Form

Download BHCOE 201: Standards of Excellence for Applied Behavior Analysis Services and Public Commentary Form

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