Resources Related to Licensure

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) "is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals who are certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services. In addition, BCBAs supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), and others who implement behavior-analytic interventions" (e.g., Teachers, Parents).


As of 1/1/2016, in Hawai'i BCBA's are required to be licensed by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA). You can search the registry here if you are wanting to know if your keiki has access to a properly Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). 

Know Your Rights

Hawaiʻi passed licensure and insurance three years ago in 2016. We have insurance-funded services that cover clients in homes, centers, community, and in school settings (private). Originally, we had an age (14) and dollar cap ($25,000), but one year into coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, health insurers voluntarily provided coverage without caps. Our public schools by-in-large do not have licensed behavior analysts (LBA) or registered behavior technicians (RBTs) on staff, despite the unique laws we have in our state. Our licensure law is unique in the sense that it does not carve out our public school settings. The HIDOE was given 3 years to build capacity and come into compliance with Behavior Analyst Licensure Law (Chapter 465D). We have hit the 3-year mark and have not seen the change that was promised/anticipated. In 2014, there was a lawsuit in 2014 against Medicaid where families and keiki prevailed. We now have pretty decent coverage from Medicaid, but EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening Detection and Treatment) only covers keiki to age 21. Through Medicaid school-based claiming our eligible keiki could receive ABA services during the school day, also allowing our public schools to receive (an estimated $50 million dollars in) federal funds annually. This is why we there is a current civil rights lawsuit. While unfortunate, it appears to be a natural part of the process. Each step of the way, we have made progress; while somewhat painful, yet we're still progressing. 

According to Hawaiʻi State law (Act 199, Act 107, Act 205; Chapter 465-D), Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) must typically be completed by a Hawaiʻi Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBAs). In rare circumstances, a licensed clinical psychologist may also be able to conduct this assessment (if they have ABA in their scope of practice and training). If your keiki has a behavior support plan (BSP), they should also have a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) on their team (at the very least during the assessment phase). Our keiki in the DOE are being denied access to Licensed Behavior Analysts (LBAs). This is in direct violation of our Hawaiʻi ABA Licensure law, Federal FAPE, I.D.E.A., and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).