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Gov. Daugaard signs House Bill 1141


Contact: Dan Hoblick, Department of Human Services, 605-773-6463



Gov. Daugaard signs House Bill 1141


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed House Bill 1141 which allows for the certification and licensure of individuals offering Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services to the public. 


Following the 2015 session of the South Dakota Legislature, the Department of Human Services (DHS) led a 16 person workgroup to determine the need for licensure of behavior analysts.


“The workgroup reached consensus early on the necessity of licensing behavior analysts to protect South Dakota citizens and to provide legitimacy for ABA providers of service.  By operating under an existing state licensure board, more service providers will be available in the state which will especially benefit children with autism,” said state DHS Secretary Gloria Pearson.


The new legislation is effective July 1, 2016.  The Governor will appoint a three person advisory board consisting of a lay person and two behavior analysts.  This advisory board will provide input to the South Dakota Board of Social Work on the administrative rules that form the basis for the regulation of the profession. Anyone interested in serving on the advisory board should contact DHS.


ABA uses behavioral principles to everyday situations that will, over time, increase or decrease targeted behaviors. ABA has been used to help individuals acquire many different skills, such as language skills, self-help skills and play skills; in addition, these principles can help to decrease maladaptive behaviors such as aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors and self-injury.



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The South Dakota Department of Human Services’ mission is to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities, in partnership with its stakeholders, through the programs and services offered by its divisions. Learn more by visiting the department’s website, dhs.sd.gov.