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Agency 102

Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Article 8.—Applied Behavior Analysis

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102-8-11. Unprofessional conduct. Each of the following acts shall be considered unprofessional conduct for a licensed assistant behavior analyst, a licensed behavior analyst, or an applicant for an assistant behavior analyst license or a behavior analyst license:
(a) Except when the information has been obtained in the context of confidentiality, failing to notify the board, within a reasonable period of time, that the licensee or applicant or any other person regulated by the board or applying for licensure has met any of the following conditions:
(1) Has had a professional license, certificate, permit, registration, certification, or professional membership granted by any jurisdiction, professional association, or professional organization that has been limited, conditioned, qualified, restricted, suspended, revoked, refused, voluntarily surrendered, or allowed to expire in lieu of or during investigatory or disciplinary proceedings;
(2) has been subject to any other disciplinary action by any credentialing board, professional association, or professional organization;
(3) has been demoted, terminated, suspended, reassigned, or asked to resign from employment or has resigned from employment, for some form of misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance; or
(4) has violated any provision of the act or any implementing regulation;
(b) knowingly allowing another person to use one's license;
(c) impersonating another person holding a license or registration issued by the board or any other agency;
(d) having been convicted of a crime resulting from or relating to one's professional practice of applied behavior analysis;
(e) knowingly aiding or abetting any individual who is not credentialed by the board to represent that individual as a person who was or is licensed by the board;
(f) failing to recognize, seek intervention, and otherwise appropriately respond when one's own personal problems, psychosocial distress, or mental health difficulties interfere with or negatively impact professional judgment, professional performance and functioning, or the ability to act in the client's best interests;
(g) failing or refusing to cooperate within 30 days with any request from the board for a response, information, or assistance with respect to the board's investigation of any report of an alleged violation filed against oneself or any other applicant or professional who is required to be licensed by the board. Each person taking longer than 30 days to provide the requested response, information, or assistance shall have the burden of demonstrating that the person has acted in a timely manner;
(h) offering to perform or performing services clearly inconsistent or incommensurate with one's training, education, or experience or with accepted professional standards;
(i) engaging in any behavior that is abusive or demeaning to a client, student, or supervisee;
(j) discriminating against any client, student, directee, or supervisee on the basis of age, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, or socioeconomic status;
(k) failing to advise and explain to each client the respective rights, responsibilities, and duties involved in the licensee's professional relationship with the client;
(l) failing to provide each client with a description of the services, fees, and payment expectations or failing to reasonably comply with that description;
(m) failing to provide each client with a description of the possible effects of the proposed treatment if the treatment is experimental or if there are clear and known risks to the client;
(n) failing to inform each client, student, or supervisee of any financial interests that might accrue to licensee or applicant if the licensee or applicant refers a client, student, or supervisee to any other service or if the licensee or applicant uses any tests, books, or apparatus;
(o) failing to inform each client that the client can receive services from a public agency if one is employed by that public agency and also offers services privately;
(p) failing to provide copies of reports or records to a licensed healthcare provider authorized by the client following the licensee's receipt of a formal written request, unless the release of that information is restricted or exempted by law or by this article of the board's regulations, or the disclosure of the information would be injurious to the welfare of the client;
(q) failing to obtain written, informed consent from each client, or the client's legal representative or representatives, before performing any of the following actions:
(1) Electronically recording sessions with the client;
(2) permitting a third-party observation of the licensee's provision of applied behavior analysis services to the client; or
(3) releasing information concerning a client to a third person, unless required or permitted by law;
(r) failing to exercise due diligence in protecting the information regarding the client from disclosure by other persons in one's work or practice setting;
(s) engaging in professional activities, including billing practices and advertising, involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;
(t) revealing information, a confidence, or a secret of any client, or failing to protect the confidences, secrets, or information contained in a client's records, unless at least one of the following conditions is met:
(1) Disclosure is required or permitted by law;
(2) failure to disclose the information presents a serious danger to the health or safety of an individual or the public;
(3) the licensee is a party to a civil, criminal, or disciplinary investigation or action arising from the practice of applied behavior analysis, in which case disclosure shall be limited to that action; or
(4) payment for services is needed;
(u) using alcohol or any illegal drug or misusing any substance that could cause impairment while performing the duties or services of a licensee;
(v) engaging in a harmful dual relationship or exercising undue influence;
(w) making sexual advances toward or engaging in physical intimacies or sexual activities with any of the following:
(1) Any person who is a client, supervisee, or student; or
(2) any person who has a significant relationship with the client and that relationship is known to the licensee;
(x) making sexual advances toward or engaging in physical intimacies or sexual activities with any person who meets either of the following conditions:
(1) Has been a client within the past 24 months; or
(2) has had a significant relationship with a current client or a person who has been a client within the past 24 months and that relationship is known to the licensee;
(y) directly or indirectly offering or giving to a third party or soliciting, receiving, or agreeing to receive from a third party any fee or other consideration for referring the client or in connection with performing professional services;
(z) permitting any person to share in the fees for professional services, other than a partner, an employee, an associate in a professional firm, or a consultant authorized to practice applied behavior analysis;
(aa) soliciting or assuming professional responsibility for any clients of another agency or colleague without attempting to coordinate the continued provision of client services by that agency or colleague;
(bb) making claims of professional superiority that one cannot substantiate;
(cc) guaranteeing that satisfaction or a cure will result from performing or providing any professional service;
(dd) claiming or using any secret or special method of treatment or techniques that one refuses to disclose to the board;
(ee) continuing or ordering tests, procedures, or treatments or using treatment facilities or services not warranted by the client's condition, best interests, or preferences;
(ff) taking credit for work not personally performed, whether by giving inaccurate or misleading information or by failing to disclose accurate or material information;
(gg) if engaged in research, failing to meet the following requirements:
(1) Considering carefully the possible consequences for human beings participating in the research;
(2) protecting each participant from unwarranted physical and mental harm;
(3) ascertaining that each participant's consent is voluntary and informed; and
(4) preserving the privacy and protecting the anonymity of each subject of the research within the terms of informed consent;
(hh) making or filing a report that one knows to be false, distorted, erroneous, incomplete, or misleading;
(ii) failing to notify the client promptly if one anticipates terminating or interrupting service to the client;
(jj) failing to seek continuation of service, or abandoning or neglecting a client under or in need of professional care, without making reasonable arrangements for that care;
(kk) abandoning employment under circumstances that seriously impair the delivery of professional care to clients and without providing reasonable notice to the employer;
(ll) failing to terminate applied behavior analysis services if it is apparent that the relationship no longer serves the client's needs or best interests;
(mm) when supervising, failing to provide accurate and current information, timely evaluations, and constructive consultation;
(nn) when applicable, failing to inform a client that applied behavior analysis services are provided or delivered under supervision;
(oo) failing to report unprofessional conduct of a licensed assistant behavior analyst, a licensed behavior analyst, or any other individual licensed by the board;
(pp) intentionally or negligently failing to file a report or record required by state or federal law, willfully impeding or obstructing another person from filing a report or record that is required by state or federal law, or inducing another person to take any of these actions;
(qq) offering to perform or performing any service, procedure, treatment, or therapy that, by the accepted standards of applied behavior analysis practice in the community, would constitute experimentation on human subjects without first obtaining the full, informed, and voluntary written consent of the client or the client's legal representative or representatives;
(rr) practicing applied behavior analysis after one's license expires; and
(ss) using without a license, or continuing to use after a license has expired, any title or abbreviation defined by regulation. (Authorized by K.S.A. 2015 Supp. 65-7505; implementing K.S.A. 2015 Supp. 65-7504 and 65-7505; effective, T-102-6-29-16, June 29, 2016; effective Nov. 14, 2016.)
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