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Index:
Background on the RASP
Goal of the RASP
Grandfathered  List: Behaviour Consultants
Applying for a Position on the RASP
Criminal Record Checks
On-Line Profiles
Before you get Started on Completing Your Profile

Addressing Concerns: A Note of Caution for Behaviour Consultants
Guidelines on Ethical Conduct
Professional Development Opportunities
Appeal Process for RASP applicants


Background Information on the RASP for Professionals

On December 15, 2004 ACT assumed responsibility for administering the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP), (formerly, the Qualified Service Provider List), under contract to the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). The RASP is for professionals who provide services to children under 6 with ASD and their families. Once a professional is on the RASP list, parents can use the funding they receive from MCFD’s  Autism Funding for Children Under Six Program to pay for the services specified.

Goal of the RASP
ACT’s goal is for the RASP to be a transparent tool for families seeking appropriately trained and experienced service providers. Since acquiring the RASP, we have taken a number of steps towards realizing this goal, including extensive revisions to update individual entries, reorganizing the list into geographic regions and launching an on-line profile initiative.

We have also contacted service providers on the RASP requesting that they submit Criminal Record Checks (CRCs) and other professional documentation (e.g., proof of academic degrees). We appreciate the documentation we have received from professionals to date. Those who have not provided a CRC have been removed from the list (See also, Criminal Record Checks, below).

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Grandfathered  List: Behaviour Consultants
We have created a separate, RASP-related listing for those behaviour consultants we consider to be “grandfathered”; that is, they are on the RASP because they were on the previous list of service providers that we inherited, but would not qualify for the RASP if they were to apply today. For more information about the grandfathered list please visit www.actcommunity.net/registry_of_service_providers/information_for_parents/grandfathered.html

See also Addressing Concerns: A Note of Caution for Behaviour Consultants

Applying for a Position on the RASP

ACT, in conjunction with our Advisory Council & Board of Directors, works with the professional community and MCFD to clarify qualifications for behaviour consultants who wish to be added to the RASP. In the summer of 2006 this collaboration resulted in the development by the Ministry of a new application form, which includes significant changes to Category A and  B consultant qualifications. We urge all consultants to review the application form carefully prior to applying to the RASP. Email questions to dpugh@autismcommunitytraining.bc.ca

Note: The process for adding professionals to the RASP is more complex for behaviour consultants. As there is no accreditation process for behaviour consultants in British Columbia, ACT will continue to monitor developments in the field of ASD internationally for relevant information, and to receive advice from members of its Advisory Council. We also welcome input on this complex subject. Please contact Deborah Pugh at dpugh@autismcommunitytraining.bc.ca.

In the meantime, please be aware that we will continue to caution families to carefully check qualifications of individual behaviour consultants they may be interested in hiring. And, although we cannot and do not endorse the expertise of any professional on the RASP, we will continue to assist parents to make informed choices by providing information such as Assessing Qualifications – Tips
for Parents; Program Evaluation Checklist
and by asking professionals to keep their information current.

Points of Clarification

  • There is no equivalent list for professionals who provide services for children with autism who are 6 and over because the MCFD requirements are not as stringent. However, parents of children six and over can use the RASP as a useful tool.
  • The RASP is not a list of agencies (those of which have more than one professional are included at the end of each regional list as a service to families) but rather a list of professionals who have provided their individual credentials.
  • Although it is advisable to do so, a family is not required to hire a behaviour consultant in order to use MCFD funding to hire speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, or behaviour interventionists.
  • Behaviour interventionists are not included on the RASP (MCFD does not have specific requirements for this group). Parents are responsible for ensuring that BIs are at least 19 years old and have a valid criminal record check.
  • There are many qualified SLPs, OTs and PTs with extensive ASD-related experience working in public and non-profit agencies; however, the RASP is only for those who work in private practice with children under 6 with ASD.
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Criminal Record Checks
The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) requires that all professionals listed on the RASP provide a Criminal Record Check (CRC) These must be resubmitted every two years, when ACT requests an update. The request for a Criminal Records Check must be made by the applicant to an authorized screening agency such as the RCMP, the local police authority or a provincial government agency.

The result from the screening agency must be submitted by the screening agency, directly to ACT - Autism Community Training Society to the attention of Clair Schuman, Executive Director. CRCs are not accepted when submitted directly to ACT by applicants themselves.

ACT sends out letters to every individual on the RASP whose CRC is either due or will soon be due for renewal, asking them to submit a new CRC. If you have received such a letter, please be aware that if you do not meet the stated deadline we will have no choice but to remove you from the list. You may reapply but this could take some time. Reminder letters will be sent out in stages, as CRCs from previous years become due for renewal.

CRC Option Available
To help facilitate the CRC process for both new applicants and current members of the RASP registry, ACT has made arrangements with the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to utilize its CRC service. The fee is $20, which we understand may be considerably less than other options. To download a copy of the ministry's form, visit: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/criminal-records-review/forms/index.htm.

Of course, you may have a CRC done through your local police force, provided we receive the original document directly from the screening agency by the due date.

If you decide to use the BC Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General's CRC service, please note the following:

  • Allow at least 10 days (from receipt of the form) for the check to be completed and the results forwarded to ACT.
  • Under Schedule Type, Check A.
  • In Part 1, do not fill in Governing Body License or Registration; this information is not required.
  • In Part 2, Section A, fill in the organization name (ACT: Autism Community Training Society) and the following ID number: 488 485. Leave everything else blank (regardless of your employment status), as the remainder of the instructions do not apply to ACT.
  • Do not complete Part 3.
  • Be sure to sign and date the form.
  • Be sure to review payment options and requirements.

CRCs From US Residents
RASP applicants who are US residents are advised to go to the following link to the US Department of State Consular Affairs information circular about criminal record checks. This link provides information about several ways to obtain a criminal record check.

http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1201.html

The type of criminal record check required is comparable to one that is required to work in the public school system in the US.

It is important to note that all applicants, including those who reside outside Canada, must submit a criminal record check directly from the screening agency to ACT - Autism Community Training Society, addressed to the attention of Clair Schuman, Executive Director. CRCs are not accepted when submitted directly to ACT by applicants themselves. In exceptional circumstances in which this is not possible for those who are not residents of Canada must have their document legally authenticated. More information for US residents about this process can be found at http://travel.state.gov/family/abduction/hague_issues/hague_issues_562.html . In this case the original document with the seal(s) affixed must be submitted by the applicant to ACT - Autism Community Training Society, addressed to the attention of Clair Schuman, Executive Director.

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On-line Profiles
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Now in full swing is our on-line profile initiative, which was launched in the Fall of 2006. This initiative is designed to help families find the right service providers for their child under 6. The profiles provide detailed overviews of a professional’s skills and experience in the area of ASD. We have asked all behaviour consultants to submit a profile. This year, we will be extending the profile initiative to speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.

Although submitting a profile is voluntary, feedback we have received strongly suggests that doing so benefits both families and behaviour consultants. For example, families have told us they appreciate having as much information as possible when it comes to the often daunting task of identifying the right service provider for their child. Behaviour consultants have noted they benefit by being able to engage in more substantive discussions with interested families who already have the basic information.

The profile template is available at www.actcommunity.net/rspbc01.aspx (you may view the template but please note we are not currently accepting profiles). In order to see the form in full you must use one of the two following web browsers: Explorer Version 6 or Mozilla Fire Fox Version 2. The profile template has been set up to conform to these particular browsers, both of which are available as free downloads.

Before you get Started on Completing Your Profile
Before starting work on the profile, please be sure to see Completing the On-Line Profile: Technical Requirements/Considerations and Tips for Completing an Effective Profile.

To view a sample profile, click on the either of the following links (FRASER and VANCOUVER COASTAL, INTERIOR REGIONS) and scroll down the lists of behaviour consultants until you see
view profile” beside a name. Click on the link.

Jackie Brown, our RASP Coordinator, is facilitating the profile process and is available to assist behaviour consultants before, during, and after they complete their profiles. Jackie can be reached via email at jbrown@autismcommunitytraining.bc.ca or 604-253-1962.

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Addressing Concerns: A Note of Caution for Behaviour Consultants
Prior to applying for inclusion on the RASP, we ask behaviour consultants to keep in mind the following important considerations:

  • By placing yourself on the list, you are formally stating that you are qualified to design, supervise, and oversee the implementation of intensive, comprehensive, and effective behavioural treatment programs for children under 6 with ASD. Please note that treatment programs should be individualized and based on published research and methodologies.
  • Behavioural consultants who are registered members of professional colleges are required by their regulatory bodies to work within the prescribed boundaries of their competence based on their education, training, and supervised professional experience. They are also required to maintain awareness of new scientific and professional developments in their field of practice and to engage in ongoing professional development. As necessary, professionals are expected to request technical support, consultations, and/or supervision from more experienced colleagues in order to develop new skills and/or deal with unfamiliar or challenging situations.
  • Behavioural consultants who are not registered members of professional colleges should nevertheless be prepared to uphold these same standards. Any applicant to the RASP who does not have the education, training, and supervised experience required to be a registered member of a regulatory body or who over-states his or her level of competence, could be open to future legal challenges from parents who are dissatisfied with services received or who feel they have been misled about the professional’s qualifications.
  • Inclusion on the RASP as a behaviour consultant does not guarantee that one’s current qualifications will be considered sufficient over the long-term. Category A and B qualifications (application form) will continue to evolve, in order to reflect ongoing developments internationally in the field of ASD. Accordingly:
    • Behaviour consultants who have been added to the “Grandfathered” list are strongly advised to upgrade their qualifications.
    • Behaviour consultants who do not qualify under Category A of the RASP application are also strongly advised to upgrade their qualifications
  • Professionals who provide services to children over age 6 with ASD do not have to be on the RASP list in order for parents to use their government funding to pay for their services. However, ACT urges these professionals to also upgrade their qualifications, as per national and international trends in this area of ASD research and treatment.
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Guidelines on Ethical Conduct
As many behaviour consultants are providing service without the oversight of a professional body, the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct For Behavior Analysts© provides guidelines for ethical practice relevant to practitioners in British Columbia. See www.bacb.com/pages/conduct.html

Professional Development Opportunities
The University of British Columbia is offering courses for those who wish to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst or Associate Behaviour Analyst from the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board. BCBA certification is increasingly being recognized internationally as an important means for improving one’s credentials as a behaviour consultant. To find out more about course availability, eligibility, costs, enrolment, and other important details go to www.ecps.educ.ubc.ca/courses/aba1.htm.

ACT will continue to provide information about continuing educational opportunities from accredited institutions, as well as the workshops we and other BC organizations offer. Please note that, while they do demonstrate a commitment to upgrading one’s professional knowledge base, workshops that offer certificates of attendance but not a formal certification process, are not considered sufficient to demonstrate mastery of a subject area.

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Appeal Process for RASP applicants

ACT is contracted by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to adjudicate RASP applications and manage the RASP list. If your application is declined and you feel your application was not fairly reviewed you may appeal to ACT - Autism Community Training.

The process is as follows:

  1. Contact Deborah Pugh, ACT's Director of Research & Training at dpugh@actcommunity.net or 604-205-5467 to discuss further the reason your application was declined. Should you wish to continue with an appeal, proceed to Step 2.
  2. Contact Clair Schuman, ACT's Executive Director at cschuman@actcommunity.net or 604-205-5467. She will discuss your concerns and review your appeal providing you with a final decision in a timely manner.
It is important to note that the requirements around education, experience and supervision, are set by the Ministry of Children and Family Development in collaboration with members of the RASP Advisory Panel. The Panel includes representatives of the professions covered by the RASP and parents of children with ASD. ACT has no authority to change MCFD policy but we do listen carefully to concerns around RASP policy that are shared with us by both parents and professionals. We will bring them forward for discussion with the RASP Panel which meets twice a year.

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