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Membership Information

Members of FABA come from a variety of backgrounds, including consulting firms, state government programs, private therapy practices and school administrators. The organization's purpose is to serve these individuals' continuing education needs and network professionals as the field continues to develop and expand. The FABA Membership year runs from September 1 - August 31, regardless of when a Member joins or renews.

Who Should Join FABA?

Anyone interested in human behavior is welcome to join. FABA is open to university and college faculty, basic and applied researchers, professionals and practitioners in behavior analysis, behavior therapy, or related professions such as psychiatry, education, social work, nursing, rehabilitation, physical, speech, music, and occupational therapy. Our members include Qualified Mental Retardation Professionals, psychologists, behavior program supervisors, administrators, program directors, direct care staff, and students.

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Benefits of Membership

Reduced rates for the annual meeting.
FABA members enjoy greatly reduced rates for this professional conference.

Professional Representation
FABA has retained the services of a respected law firm to represent the interests of FABA members in the legislature. FABA is the only behavior analysis association in the U.S. to reach this level of involvement in professional issues pertaining to the profession.

Continuing Education for Licensed Psychologists
FABA members who are licensed psychologists in Florida may enroll for psychology CE credits at the conference (usually from 6-12 hours are offered). FABA offers CEs through the Association for Behavior Analysis.

FABA Newsletter – The Observer
Our newsletter publishes the latest information on behavior analysis in Florida. Interviews with prominent behavior analysts, program descriptions, and summaries of the latest research can all be found in this highly readable publication.

The FABA member network covers all of Florida and the local chapters, which stretch from Tallahassee to Miami, offer members the opportunity to exchange ideas, job leads, research and treatment strategies and professional support.

Code of Ethics
FABA has adopted the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Guidelines for responsible conduct for behavior analysts. The code emphasizes the responsibility of all members to uphold the highest standard of ethics when applying behavioral procedures. Upon joining, FABA members agree to abide and uphold the code.


FABA Contacts

Mailing address:
3116 Capital Circle NE, Suite 2
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Please note: Any mail sent certified, receipt request, or requiring signature will likely be returned to sender since we do not always have someone in the office to receive such special mail.

Phone:  (850) 222-2332
Fax: (850) 222-0844

Business Manager
Leigh Stehlik – Email Leigh


FABA Executive Committee

Amy S. Polick, PhD – Email Amy
Executive Director

Andrew Houvouras Email Andrew
Immediate Past President

Yulema Cruz Email Yulema

Josh Pritchard – Email Josh
President Elect

Evette Berardi-Cox
Secretary 2018-2021

Jon Bailey, PhD – Email Jon

Marta "Tiki" Fiol – Email Tiki
Member-at-Large 2017 - 2020

Kerri Peters – Email Kerri
Member-at-Large 2017 - 2020

William “Bill” Carlucci – Email Bill
Member-at-Large  2018-2021

Kristin Myers-Kemp – Email Kristin
Member-at-Large  2018-2021

Isser "Willie" DeLeon – Email Willie
Member-at-Large  2019-2022

Nicole Gravina – Email Nicole
Member-at-Large  2019-2022



Committee Chairs

FABA Legislative and Public Policy Committee
  Eric Pruttsman - Lobbyist & Legal Council - Email Eric
  Yulema Cruz – Co-Chair – Email Yulema
  Mary Riordan, PhD – Co-Chair – Email Mary
  Political Action Committee Email - Email the Committee


Conference Program Committee
  Jon Bailey, PhD – Co-Chair – Email Jon
  Nikki Dickens – Co-Chair – Email Nikki


Chapters of FABA (CoFABA) Conference
  Kim Lucker, PhD  – Chair – Email Kim


Awards Committee
  Nikki Dickens – Chair – Email Nikki


The FABA Observer
  Mary Burch, PhD  Editor – Email Mary


Local Arrangements
  Leigh Stehlik – Co-Chair – Email Leigh


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Executive Committee


This position requires a three-year commitment to FABA.

As President-Elect the individual serves on the Executive Board and chairs Board meetings in the absence of the President. The President-Elect is expected to “shadow” the President and learn those duties as well as serving on several of the FABA Committees that are central to the operation of the organization. One of those is the Program Committee where the President-Elect assists in the review of submissions and makes recommendations to the Program Chair.

During the Presidential year, the person presides over the Board meetings, is expected to play an active role in the development of the Annual Conference and with issues of importance to the Association that may arise during that year. This includes communicating with state agencies and other associations regarding our positions on various issues and speaking on behalf of FABA in front of legislative committees when the Florida Legislature is in session.

The immediate Past President serves of the Executive Board, is responsible for that year’s election process, and hosts the Past Presidents’ Breakfast on the Friday morning of the Conference. As an experienced member of the Board, the Past-President is expected to continue to show leadership in decision-making and to actively participate on critical committees.


At-large members are elected to three-year terms to the Executive Board and are expected to be active participants on behalf of the Association during this time. Those elected may serve in any of a number of capacities depending on availability and preference. A few of the roles that may be chosen or assigned include: Observer Newsletter Contributor, Awards Committee Chair, Local Chapters Committee Chair, Conference Poster Session Committee Chair, and Conference Local Arrangements Committee Chair.


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FABA Legislative and Public Policy Committee

Eric Prutsman – Lobbyist & Legal Counsel – Email Eric

Steve Coleman – Public Policy Director – Email Steve

Yulema Cruz – Co-Chair – Email Yulema

Mary Riordan, PhD – Co-Chair – Email Mary

Political Action Committee Email - Email the Committee



Legislative Update – 2020 Session – June, 2020

COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact upon state and local government across Florida. The 2020 Legislative Session ended over three months ago and Governor DeSantis still has not acted upon all the bills passed. Understandably, the Governor specifically asked the Legislature to NOT send him legislation, including the State Budget, until he could focus on non-COVID-19 issues. Therefore, it was not until late May that the first large group of bills were sent to the Governor’s desk.

Among the bills sent to the Governor, and still waiting for action as of this date is HB 731- Agency for Health Care Administration that contains an exemption from the health care clinic licensure for Medicaid providers. An exemption from the health care clinic licensure has become an important issue for behavior analyst providers ever since the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) first raised the issue of the health care clinic licensure as a prerequisite to enrollment as a Medicaid behavior analysis provider in April of 2019. Although many behavior analysis provider groups were either licensed as health care clinics or had received an exemption from the health care clinic law prior to 2019 based upon the 2003 health care clinic law, other behavior analyst groups had not sought a license or exemption. FABA immediately opposed AHCA’s directive and advocated that tying Medicaid enrollment to the clinic licensure or an exemption was a significant economic hardship. FABA asked AHCA both for more time to comply, and for support to make a legislative change to the health care clinic licensure law. AHCA moved the compliance date to December 1, 2020, and agreed to seek a legislative change. If HB 731 is signed into law, behavior analysts enrolled as Medicaid providers will automatically qualify for an exemption to the health care clinic licensure law. Thank you to those of you who have already sent an e-mail to the Governor asking him to sign the bill.


In addition, State Representative Rene Plasencia filed House Bill 575 (identical to Senate Bill 1206 by Sen. Gayle Harrell), which would have created a separate health care clinic licensure exemption specifically for Board Certified Behavior Analysts. As a health care clinic exemption solely for behavior analysts, FABA prefers Representative Plasencia’s solution to the health care clinic licensure issue over the more general Medicaid provider exemption contained in the AHCA bill. House Bill 575 passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 117 – 0, and passed two of the three Senate Committees but failed to advance to a final committee hearing in the last days of Session. Hundreds of our members e-mailed and called in the final days of Session to request that HB 575 & SB 1206 be taken up by the Senate.  HB 575/SB 1206 also contained a proposed clarification to the public education statute to clarify that Registered Behavior Technicians can work with students in the public K-12 schools. FABA maintains that both of these issues need to be advanced as soon as the Legislature begins to hold committee meetings for the 2021 Legislative Session.  Special thanks to Rep. Rene Plasencia for his efforts to advance the clinic exemption and RBT issues during Session.


Another bill of significance includes: Senate Bill 82 by Senator Aaron Bean that makes revisions to the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver operated by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) to improve the quality of services provided and to standardize agency processes. The bill requires waiver support coordinators who act as case managers for individuals on the waiver to be employees of qualified waiver support coordination organizations. The bill also requires all APD service providers to bill for services and submit all required documentation through the agency’s electronic client data management system. Lastly, the bill allows the Agency for Health Care Administration to seek federal approval to implement an increased rate for Medicaid intermediate care facilities that serve individuals with developmental disabilities (ICF/DD) who have severe behavioral or mental health needs. The bill was signed into law by the Governor on June 22, 2020.

Apart from legislation, FABA has been working closely over the past three months with both AHCA and APD on COVID-19 telehealth issues, initially assisting in providing guidelines for the administration of telehealth and later working through many of the day-to-day challenges that behavior analysis providers have experienced. FABA will continue to engage agency personnel on a regular basis to address your concerns and questions. Please contact us at [email protected]


FABA Code of Ethics

The Executive Committee of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis has adopted the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts as our FABA Code of Ethics.

Click here to find a current copy of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.

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