California Advocacy Update for Autism Service Providers

Original Air Date: December 15, 2022

CEU offered: 1.5 Learning CEU

Webinar Duration: 90 minutes

CE Instructors:

  • Yvonne Bruinsma, PhD, BCBA-D;
  • Allyson Moore, MS, BCBA, LMFT
  • Michelle Heid, BCBA
  • Karen Fessel, DrPH
  • Judith Ursitti, CPA


CASP and CalABA join forces to provide information critical to autism service providers in California.

Panelists discuss the following: 

  • SB 855/Mental Health Parity/Generally Accepted Standards of Care
  • AB 1324/Treatment Authorizations
  • AB 2581/Credentialing
  • Network Adequacy


PhD BCBA-D Yvonne Bruinsma

Yvonne Bruinsma founded In STEPPS in 2010. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field. She previously gained extensive experience as the clinical director and clinical manager at several agencies and brought PRT to the Netherlands. She has been an active researcher and continues publishing in the field. Yvonne has written articles in peer-reviewed journals and in 2015, wrote and published a seminal article with other top researchers in autism treatment about Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions such as PRT. Yvonne also has co-written a book about Naturalistic Developmental Behavior Interventions (NDBI) currently in press. She earned her master’s in developmental psychology from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and her master’s and doctorate in special education, developmental disabilities, from University of California, Santa Barbara. Yvonne was certified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) in 2008.

Chief Professional Standards Officer Allyson Moore, MS, BCBA, LMFT

Allyson Moore is the Chief Professional Standards Officer for the Center for Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA). She collaborates with leadership team members in developing and implementing clinical best practices. Allyson serves as President of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) and on the ABA Coding Coalition as a representative of APBA. She is a member of the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP) special interest groups of Documentation, Outcomes, Multispecialty Practices, and California Advocacy. She also serves on the Health Insurance Ad Hoc committee for the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA). She has extensive experience serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental and mental disorders. She works in coordination and collaboration with primary caregivers, stakeholders, and other related public and private agencies.

Director Michelle Heid, BCBA

Michelle is the Director of Advanced Behavioral Pathways, which provides services to a range of individuals, mostly in the northern Los Angeles County area of California. Michelle serves as the Public Policy Chair for California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA) and is a member of several other professional groups focusing primarily on ensuring quality services are available to all who would benefit from behavior analysis. Michelle joined the field of behavior analysis in 2006 and, since that time, has had the opportunity to work with people of all ages in schools, family homes, residential homes, day programs, and community settings. Michelle focuses her work using behavioral science to assist people with achieving their goals, including clients, families, and those she mentors. Through her work, she has become active in public policy to support both the disability community and behavior-analytic practitioners. In her free time, Michelle can be found spending time with her family, reading, hiking on Endor, or anticipating the release of any Star Wars-related spin-offs.