This bill would allow adaptive behavior treatment covered by a health benefit plan to be provided by a board certified behavior analyst. Currently, the law only allows the following individuals to do this type of treatment:
- A licensed psychologist or psychological associate;
- A licensed psychiatrist;
- A developmental pediatrician;
- A licensed speech and language pathologist;
- A licensed occupational therapist;
- A licensed clinical social worker;
- A licensed professional counselor;
- A licensed marriage and family therapist.
This bill was introduced by Rep. Chuck McGrady (R – Henderson) in the House Insurance Committee on April 19, 2017. The bill received a favorable report and will move to the House floor.
This bill passed the House on April 20, 2017 with a vote of 108-5. The bill will now move to the Senate.