BT / RBT CANDIDATE REPRESENTATION PROGRAM LAUNCH – PA and FL
Although I wanted to launch our BT/RBT Candidate Representation Program with an organized system and framework, I decided to jump right in since the longer we wait to execute on our business model of matching up ethical ABA organizations with ethical, committed, career-minded BTs/RBTs, we’ll see more people leaving the field.
We have started interviewing independent ABA organizations that have self-submitted themselves as being client outcomes-focused and employing ethical business practices that nurture and support their direct care staff.
With each conversation, my confidence in the field is coming back. Together, we WILL mitigate abusive employment, business, and clinical practices. How? With data. And transparency. By collecting information on Key Ethics Indicators, we’ll create a scorecard that can be referenced quickly to identify ethical businesses so that key stakeholders – buyers of ABA services (parents, individuals, schools, service provider organizations), staff (BTs, RBTs, BCBAs, other staff members), and funding sources (Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance) can speak with one voice.
I spent nearly 2 years building a comprehensive national database of ABA provider organizations. I mapped this information with Private Equity activity to identify which agencies are PE-backed. We’ll run surveys to gather key metrics (Key Ethics Indicators) from provider organizations, and lastly, we will gather information about business practices and stories (anonymously) from those in the field so that we can quilt together a narrative of which organizations are engaging in abusive and unethical practices. With or without additional data, the Database will be launched late March / Early April, to coincide with the start of our Ethics Webinar Series with Dr. Jon Bailey.
In the meantime, if you’re an ethical, career-minded BT/RBT looking for an ethical ABA organization to call home, send your resume and cover to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the cover letter, please introduce yourself and let me know what you’re looking for.
Don’t expect results overnight. This will be a process. But at least we’re working with a plan.