Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) Provider Qualifications

To qualify as a Level III provider, a person must:

1. Be 18 years or older

2. Complete the Level III provider training requirements (recommended to complete during the first 6 months of employment/enrollment)

3. Meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Be fluent in a non-English language
  • Have one year of experience as a primary personal care assistant (PCA), community health worker, waiver service provider or special education assistant to a person with ASD or a related condition within the previous five years.
To qualify as a Level II provider, a person must meet at least one of the following sets of requirements:

1. Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in behavioral or child development science or a related field (e.g., mental health, special education, social work, psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, etc.), and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Have at least 1,000 hours of clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of people with ASD or a related condition
  • Have completed the equivalent in graduate-level coursework (see equivalent coursework section)at an accredited university (Note: Coursework must be documented in one of the following areas: ASD or related condition diagnostics, ASD or related condition treatment strategies or child development)
  • Be a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) (see EIDBI – Treatment modalities – Certified providers)
  • Be a registered behavior technician® (RBT®) from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) (see EIDBI – Treatment modalities – Certified providers)
  • Be certified in one of the other treatment modalities recognized by DHS (See EIDBI Manual – Treatment modalities).

2. Meet all the following requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university in one of the behavioral or child development sciences or a related field (e.g., mental health, special education, social work, psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, etc.)
  • Receive observation and direction from a qualified supervising professional (QSP) or Level I treatment provider at least twice per month until meeting 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience
  • Note: If a Level II provider graduates from a bachelor’s degree program or currently has a bachelor’s degree, he/she will enroll and remain enrolled as a Level II provider while he/she works toward completing his/her 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience.

3. Have both:

  • An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in a behavioral or child development science or a related field (e.g., mental health, special education, social work, psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, etc.)
  • At least 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience delivering treatment to people with ASD or a related condition (You can include hours worked as a mental health behavioral aide or an EIDBI Level III provider as required hours of experience).

4. Have at least 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience delivering treatment to people with ASD or a related condition. You can include hours worked as a mental health behavioral aide, personal care assistant (PCA) or an EIDBI Level III provider as required hours of experience.

5. Be both:

  • A graduate student in a behavioral or child development science or a related field (e.g., mental health, special education, social work, psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, etc.)
  • Formally assigned by an accredited college or university to an EIDBI provider agency for clinical training with people with ASD or related conditions and receiving clinical supervision from a QSP affiliated with the agency.

6. Meet all the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be fluent in a non-English language
  • Have completed the EIDBI Level III provider training requirements
  • Receive observation and direction from a QSP or qualified Level I provider at least once per week until he or she meets 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience.
To qualify as a Level I provider, a person must:

1. Have either:

  • At least 2,000 hours of clinical experience and/or training in the examination and/or treatment of people with ASD or a related condition
  • Completed the equivalent in graduate-level coursework (see equivalent coursework section) at an accredited university (Note: Coursework must be documented and in one or more of the following areas: ASD or related condition diagnostics, ASD or related condition treatment strategies or child development).

2. A person also must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Have a doctoral or master’s degree from an accredited college or university in behavioral health, child development or related fields (e.g., mental health, special education, social work, psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy)
  • Be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral™ (BCBA-D™) or a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®)
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in behavioral health, child development or a related field (e.g., mental health, special education, social work, psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, etc.) and advanced certification (see advanced certification section) in one of the DHS-recognized treatment modalities
  • Be a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) and have 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience that meets all registration, supervision and continuing education requirements of the certification.