The mission of LaBAA is to promote ABAI's mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis (BA) through research, education, and practice, and to promote access to responsible BA services by professionals sufficiently trained in the discipline of BA and compliance with relevant ethics standards.
LaBAA was established in April of 2012 as a 501C(4). LaBAA is the state affiliated chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and an affiliate of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and is a BACB Ace provider.
LaBAA Activities and Initiatives
Louisiana Coalition for Access to Autism Services (LCAAS) - LaBAA has partnered with LCAAS to secure professional legislative services. As the state of behavior analysis continues to take shape within Louisiana, LaBAA has been very active in ensuring that the development and growth of behavior analysis remains beneficial to further developing the science of behavior analysis, the practice of behavior analysts, the mentoring of students of behavior analysis, and most importantly advocating for consumers of behavior analytic services. In addition, the coalition has worked with LaBAA to educate the public and raise awareness about the science of behavior, ABA services, and legislative advocacy.
Legislative Advocacy - In partnership with LCAAS, LaBAA successfully advocated for amendments to Act 696; an act that requires public schools to allow behavioral health services during school hours which was signed into law in 2018. As a result of the 2019 legislative session, amendments were enacted, Act 117, which specifically named behavior analysts as providers and defined ABA services as medically necessary services.
Public Dissemination- In 2019, LaBAA partnered with Families Helping Families to provide free, public informational sessions on the science of ABA and the implications of Act 696 and Act 117. Sessions were held in Baton Rouge in July 2019, New Orleans in November 2019, and Lake Charles in April 2020. Sessions will continue to be provided across regions of Louisiana throughout 2020.