O’Brien’s autism therapist licensure bill signed at ceremony

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, (center right) joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (seated), Sen. Rebekah Warren (center left), representatives from the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Michigan Association of Health Plans, students and faculty from Western Michigan University, and legislative staff, for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bills 1015 and 1016 on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.

The bills, now Public Acts 403 and 404 of 2016, ensure autism therapists are officially licensed in Michigan, by creating an occupational license for behavioral analysts and assistant behavioral analysts to ensure reimbursement can properly occur for services. The laws also create a Board of Behavioral Analysts to oversee the profession.