What a remarkable year 2011 has been for BIS!

 Let’s recap our year…..

 In January 2011 legislation was put into place that mandated state insurance plans to cover Applied Behavior Analysis services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, allowing some children to receive in home services that have been on wait lists for years! This bill has truly changed lives. BIS worked diligently to obtain contracts with many insurance companies, not an easy task! However, we are now able to see clients who are insured by Anthem, United Healthcare, MH Net, Aetna, and Tricare…just to name a few.

 BIS also expanded the services that we offer in 2011, adding in Rebecca Swendig as our social worker and Anne Kraus as our counselor. Anne and Beck have been instrumental in creating a variety of social opportunities for indivduals of all ages with developmental disabilites, including camps, art club, and SHAPE! We have also had great success with our Fun with Fitness club and our Girls and Guys night with Meghan Halbrook, and finally, after years, we now provide speech and language services! Adding in these services has been critical in offering well rounded programming and supports to our consumers.

 Seaking of continued growth…our residential program has more than doubled in the past year! We began 2011 with 5 homes and are entering 2012 with 9 homes and 3 in development! The ISL team has been hard at work this year with Darla Holloran and Sarah Brook leading the way! We look forward to continued growth in 2012.

 The past year we have also seen enormous growth in the field of Behavior Analysis, with state licensure requirements put into place for Board Certified Behavior Analysts and St. Louis University creating the first masters program in behavior analysis in the St. Louis area! BIS has been actively involved in the St. Louis University program providing field instruction to many graduate students.

 Just last month BIS moved to our new location in Creve Coeur.  We could have never predicted 3 years ago when we moved into our space on Arsenal that we would outgrow it and need to move again, but that is exactly what happened!  Everyone is finally getting settled into our new “digs” and we are looking twoard this next year to

 Brittany Thorn was announced employee of the year for 2011, nominated by all of her fellow employees.  For those of you who may not know Brittany, she is our staffing coordinator for our residential program and Darla’s right hand.  For those of us who do know Brittany, I think we can all agree that there isn’t a more deserving person.  Brittany is amazing!

 There is so much to be thankful for in 2011!  Words cannot even begin to express my gratitude to the dedicated employees that have made BIS such a success and those families that have entrusted your loved ones in our care.  BIS would not be what it is today without each and every one of you.  As we ring in the new year, I am so excited to see what 2012 will bring!  Happy New Year!

 Kimberly Salls, BCBA, LBA
Behavior Intervention Services, LLC

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