BHCOE Standard 201

Standards & Guidelines for Effective Applied Behavior Analysis Organizations

Title of Standard: Standards & Guidelines for Effective Applied Behavior Analysis Organizations

Abstract: The BHCOE’s Standards & Guidelines for Effective Applied Behavior Analysis Organizations (the “BHCOE Standards”) includes 7 sections relevant to the professional and ethical behavior of organizations providing Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, along with suggested evidence of compliance.

Project Need: To date, there are no standards and guidelines 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. The areas of the standards include areas such as operations and compliance; liability and risk; intake and hiring; ethics and consumer protection; staff qualifications; training and oversight; treatment programming; outcome measurement; employee engagement and more.

Note: The Project Initiation Notification (PIN) period is now closed for this standard. Please check back for a copy of the proposed standard and for BHCOE’s public commentary requirements.

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Call for Nominations for the BHCOE ANSI Commission – Standard 201

Standards & Guidelines for Effective Applied Behavior Analysis Organizations

BHCOE is seeking applications for openings on its BHCOE ANSI Commission for BHCOE Standard 201: Standards & Guidelines for Effective Applied Behavior Analysis Organizations. Interested participants may submit an application below. The BHCOE Commission members will serve as the “consensus body” for the purpose of documenting consensus on the pending American National Standards (ANS) proposed by BHCOE. Learn more about BHCOE Standard Development activities.

The ten commissioners represent the following types of organizations/individuals:

  • Patient Advocate or Patient Representative (2 seats)
  • Trade Associations (1 seat)
  • Private Insurance Representative (1 seat)
  • Public Insurance Representative (1 seat)
  • Academic from Applied Behavior Analysis/field (1 seat)
  • Private sector organizational representative (3 seats) 
  • Local State ABA Chapter representative (1 seat)

ANSI Commission Application

Thank you for your interest in joining the BHCOE ANSI Commission. Please fill out the entire application form below and we will be in touch.

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.

Comments should be set forth using the BHCOE Public Commentary Form 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 You may also CC:

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Operating Procedures for Standards Development

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