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The materials listed here have been included as resources that we hope will be helpful as you plan, deliver and monitor services for individuals with special needs. This list will be updated on a regular basis and we expect, with your input and support, it will grow to be a significant and beneficial compendium of useful tools and resources.


News & Announcements

  • The Arc of Florida and APD have partnered to provide free on-line training for behavior assistants and direct service staff in residential facilities to prepare for becoming a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).  The Registered Behavior Technician™ (RBT™) is a new credential created by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) in 2012 to establish training standards for behavior technicians, the paraprofessionals who implement behavior plans directly with clients.  Contact your local Area Behavior Analyst for details and access to this valuable 40 hour training.


Important Rules

Reactive Strategies: Seclusion and Restraint Rule

Promulgation of a seclusion and restraint rule (65G-8) was mandated by the Legislature in section 393.13(4)(h)2., Florida Statues, ("the agency shall adopt by rule standards and procedures relating to the use of restraint and seclusion"). The rule in its present form was adopted on August 7, 2008.


[Behavioral] Service Delivery Practice and Procedure

Promulgation of a service delivery rule (65G-4) was mandated by the Legislature in section 393.13(4)(g)3., Florida Statues, (“The agency shall adopt by rule a system for the oversight of behavioral programs. The system shall establish guidelines and procedures governing the design, approval, implementation, and monitoring of all behavioral programs involving clients. The system shall ensure statewide and local review by committees of professionals certified as behavior analysts pursuant to s. 393.17. No behavioral program shall be implemented unless reviewed according to the rules established by the agency under this section.”) The rule in its present form was amended and adopted in April 4, 2012.


Helpful Tools and Forms

Behavior Analysis Service Providers


Behavior Assistant Service (BAS) Providers


Special Topics

Individuals with a History of Sexual Aggression


Books and Articles


Helpful and interesting sites

An extensive list of resourceful and interesting websites providing valuable information