Standard Development

Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) works to strengthen the nation’s use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by facilitating the development of technically sound ABA standards and by promoting the adoption of those standards by the ABA community.

These standards are written documents that define minimum requirements, best practices, standard protocols, and other guidance to help ensure that the outcomes of ABA services are reliable and effective.

BHCOE is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and BHCOE’s standard-setting subject matter experts serve on the BHCOE Commission. The BHCOE Commission members represent a variety of stakeholders including government agencies, faculty, clinicians, patient-advocates, payers, employers and administrators.

These BHCOE Commission members have expertise in a variety of specific behavior analytic disciplines, as well as general expertise in applied behavior analysis research, healthcare, measurement science, statistics, law, and policy.

ANSI Standards developer

BHCOE commission members work together to develop and evaluate ABA standards via a transparent, consensus-based process that allows for participation and comment by all stakeholders.

BHCOE’s Policies and Procedures state that “Notification of standards development activity shall be announced in suitable media as appropriate to demonstrate an opportunity for participation by all directly and materially affected persons.”

To learn more about the value of the American National Standard designation, click here.

Current Active Standards Include:

BHCOE/ANSI Standard 101: Standard for the Documentation of Clinical Records for Applied Behavior Analysis Services

BHCOE/ANSI Standard 101: Standard for the Documentation of Clinical Records for Applied Behavior Analysis Services

BHCOE/ANSI Standard 101-2020 is approved as an American National Standard and describes appropriate documentation for Applied Behavior Analysis Service delivery and how to provide accurate and supportive medical record documentation. LEARN MORE

BHCOE 201: Standards of Excellence for Applied Behavior Analysis Services

BHCOE 201: Standards of Excellence for Applied Behavior Analysis Services

The BHCOE’s Standards are currently undergoing commission review. The standards include 11 sections relevant to the professional and ethical behavior of organizations providing Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. LEARN MORE

Public Commentary Guidelines:

At this time, BHCOE does not currently have standards open for public commentary. Please visit each individual standard to learn about upcoming public commentary periods.

Operating Procedures for Standards Development

Read the operating procedures for the development of BHCOE consensus standards.

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