Qualifications: Professional with a Bachelor's degree who has completed at least 1,500 hours of training or supervised experience consistent with best practice and research on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder as documented by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or Licensed Clinical Psychologist.  Behavior therapists must have the above credentials approved by the DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities to provide behavior-based therapy under the Illinois Adult, Children's Support and Children's Residential Medicaid Waivers.

How do I Become A Provider?

  1. You must complete the Behavior Therapy (Autism Spectrum Disorder) - Behavior Intervention & Treatment - Level 2 Course Work & Experience Requirements: Checklist C  Form (IL462-0955)(pdf)
  2. Applicants must document 1,500 hours of eligible supervised experience.

    Supervised experience:  A person under the "organizational" supervision of a BCBA or Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP) would not necessarily have all their work experience hours considered supervised by a BCBA or LCP and countable as such by the Division of Developmental Disabilities in making a decision about their behavior therapist credential. To be considered countable hours, a qualified supervisor (BCBA or LCP) must be very directly involved in supervising the person's "behavior-related" work experience. See the examples of eligible and ineligible supervised experience below.

    1. Examples of eligible supervised experience include:

      • Conducting assessment activities related to the need for behavioral interventions,
      • Designing, implementing and monitoring behavior analysis programs for clients,
      • Overseeing the implementation of behavior analysis programs by others,
      • Training, designing behavioral systems and performance management,
      • Other activities normally performed by a behavior analyst directly related to behavior analysis such as:
        • attending planning meetings regarding the behavior analysis program,
        • researching the literature related to the program,
        • talking to individuals about the program; 
        • any additional activities related to oversight of behavioral programming such as behavior analyst supervision issues, or evaluation of behavior analysts' performance. 
    2. Examples of activities that are not eligible as supervised experience include:

      • attending meetings with little or no behavior analytic content,
      • providing interventions that are not based in behavior analysis,
      • doing non-behavior analytic administrative activities, 
      • other activities not directly related to behavior analysis
  3. Send completed Checklist C and the required documents as specified on Checklist C to the address provided on the form.

    When your credentials are verified and approved by the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Division will send an approval letter.

  4. Upon receipt of your approval letter, you must complete the enrollment process in one of two ways: 
    1. Independent Provider - Directly Reimbursed 

      If you are a professional who is an independent provider who will bill Department of Human Services (DHS) directly as the provider/vendor, and you will be paid directly by DHS under your own Social Security Number.

    2. Professional - Reimbursed By Other Means 

      If you are a professional who works for an agency, is part of a group practice, limited liability corporation (LLC), or will have another entity or agency acting as a billing agent and the billing agent will be reimbursed by DHS for your services, you must follow the directions for identifying the other agent.

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