RBT ETHICS AND DISCIPLINE

Ethics Overview

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RBTs receive at least 3 hours of instruction in ethics and professional conduct during mandatory training and are tested on professional conduct and scope of practice during the RBT Competency Assessment. In addition, RBTs must abide by the RBT Ethics Code.

NOTE: RBTs may not be related to, superior to, or the employer of the certificant providing training, assessing competency, providing supervision, or serving as the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor. An RBT paying for supervision services is not considered employment of the supervisor.

Disciplinary Process

  1. All professional or ethical complaints against an RBT must be submitted directly to the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor.
  2. If the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor determines there is an immediate threat of harm to the consumer or another person present in the service-delivery setting, the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor shall address all ethical obligations including, but not limited to, taking immediate corrective action to ensure no additional threat of harm to the client, mandatory reporting to appropriate authorities, and following relevant agency or employer procedures. The RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor should immediately file an RBT Notice of Alleged Violation to the BACB. When reporting the matter to the BACB, the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor should identify all corrective actions taken.Upon receipt of a complaint under this clause, the BACB shall convene a Review Committee comprised of three current or former BACB Directors to determine if immediate action is needed to address the underlying reason for the complaint. In rare instances, an immediate and temporary suspension of RBT status may be issued. Any RBT reviewed under this provision shall receive notice of the allegation(s) and be given an opportunity to respond. In the event of an immediate and temporary suspension, the Review Committee will seek to meet ASAP (no longer than 30 days) to conduct a full review of the matter. To the extent practical, all other provisions and procedures as outlined in the RBT Ethics Code, including the appeal procedures, shall apply to RBT review under this clause of this policy. The Review Committee’s decision will be forwarded to the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor. The RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor shall be given notice of any sanction(s).
  3. An RBT or applicant for the RBT certification must report directly to his or her RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor AND the BACB any matter that falls within the RBT Ethics Code (Self-Reporting)
  4. If the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor determines that a complaint falls within the RBT Ethics Code, then the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor must notify the BACB legal department within 30 days of receipt of the complaint.
  5. If the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor receives a complaint about his or her supervisee that falls within the RBT Ethics Code that apply to RBTs, or that is forwarded to the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor from the BACB, the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor is responsible for the investigation and resolution of the matter. The RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor must retain documentation of how the complaint was investigated and resolved. The BACB reserves the right to audit the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor for documentation of the complaint, investigation, and resolution.
  6. A Notice of Alleged Violation may be filed against an RBT if the matter involves one of the following:
    1. A documented violation of 1.13 of the RBT Ethics Code;
    2. A matter generally covered by state mandatory requirements for health care providers (e.g., suspected abuse, negligence, or malfeasance); or
    3. Repeated offenses not otherwise resolved by the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor (to be reported to the BACB on a Notice of Alleged Violation filed by the RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor).
  7. An RBT or applicant for the RBT certification must report to his or her RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor any matter that would impact the results of their background check. The RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor should have systems in place to ensure regular updating and confirmation of compliance by the RBT.
  8. The RBT Requirements Coordinator or RBT Supervisor must retain documentation of the procedures followed and conclusions regarding the background check and any updates (e.g., changes that would impact the background check, matters reported to the BACB).

Note: The BACB reserves the right to generate a Notice of Alleged Violation against an RBT in the event of suspected noncompliance with any BACB standard, rule, or procedure.