Saturday, February 2, 2008

Senator Clark Jolley and SB 2071

Senator Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, has filed legislation SB 2071 that will create a BCBA Curriculum and Autism Internship program at the University of Central Oklahoma. Addressing the acute shortage of qualified therapists and behavioral analysts in Oklahoma, this program will develop practitioners with autism related work experience for those who are pursuing the BCBA and BCBA Associate certifications.

Senator Jolley, a member of the Senate Higher Education committee, sees the legislation as a crucial ingredient in providing care and education for the children and adults with autism in Oklahoma and addressing the needs to development qualified therapists to provide treatment for these individuals.

Assisting Senator Jolley in drafting the legislation were Dr. Rita Chandler, Dr. Thomas Evans of DHS-DDSD, and Dr. Mary Sweet-Darter of UCO.

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