Kennedy-Donovan Center’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program provides support for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as their families, to pursue their personal potential and success in their homes and community. Individuals of all ages receive customized services using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, which is scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Before beginning programming, each individual receives a comprehensive Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Skills Assessment by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Based on the results of our evaluation, all individuals receive customized behavior and/or skills programming to meet their unique needs and support their families.
Your family will receive high quality care in your home by expertly trained support staff under direct supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Additionally, each family,as well as other caregivers, receives education and training from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) on the implementation of individualized programming. Kennedy-Donovan Center’s Applied Behavior Analysis Program is currently accepting referrals from most towns within Norfolk and Bristol counties in Massachusetts.
The entire assessment process should take no longer than one month to complete. However, the beginning of in-home services often takes longer as it is dependent on BCBA and DSP availability as well as the number of individuals already on the waitlist.
The assessment process consists of four different parts:
1. A record review in which the BCBA reads and extracts all pertinent information from the intake packet, as well as any relevant documents provided, such as an IEP / ISP / 504b, Functional Behavior Assessment, or Behavior Intervention Plan.
2. A two-hour phone interview during which the BCBA asks you questions regarding current problem behaviors, skill deficits, and areas you are interested in working on in the home and/or community. You will also be asked specific questions regarding information that needs to be included in the BCBA’s report to your insurance provider. This information may include medical history, family mental health background, school services, living situations, and potential barriers to treatment.
3. Three one-hour observations of your child and family interacting in your home. These observations will range from the BCBA interacting with your child, collecting baseline data, and performing skills and behavior assessments to observing your family interacting with your child. The BCBA will also conduct an environmental evaluation of your child’s living environment using an environment safety checklist.
4. The BCBA will write a report for your insurance company that summarizes what he or she discussed with your family, his or her observations, and recommendations for service delivery. Your child’s initial treatment and behavior plans will be included in this report, which the program director will review with the BCBA. The report will then be sent to the insurance company for review. The BCBA will send you a copy of the report and schedule a time to review it with you for about an hour.
The Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism (ARICA) law requires most health insurers in Massachusetts to provide coverage of ABA services for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Coverage of ABA services under ARICA is dependent on the insurance policy you have. Self-funded plans regulated by Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) are not subject to following state laws and therefore are not required to provide coverage under ARICA. Verify with your employer whether your insurance policy is subject to ARICA coverage, and if so, acquire the date your group policy renews. Many companies with insurance policies regulated by ERISA still provide coverage under ARICA. Additionally, Mass Health now provides coverage of ABA services, co-payments, and deductibles.
Kennedy Donovan Center’s ABA Program has an open referral system that accepts all referrals of individuals who meet the following criteria:
1. proof of a DSM-V or a ICD 10 diagnosis of ABA Spectrum Disorder;
2. written doctor’s recommendation for Applied Behavior Analysis, ABA, services; and
3. a private insurance policy that covers ABA services or the ability to pay for services independently.
If the individual meets all three criteria listed above, he or she will be eligible for an initial assessment. The results of this initial assessment will also aide in the determination of an individual’s eligibility for services. There is no age-limit for the services we provide.
Support staff receive their Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification within the first three months of employment. All staff are certified in CPR, first aid, and crisis management. All programming is developed and overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) creates individualized skills programming for a variety of needs, including but not limited to:
- adaptive living
- food refusal and aversion, and
- toilet training.