Jeff Enzinna

2011 TxABA Award - Public Service Contributions to Behavior Analysis in Texas

Jeff Enzinna has practiced applied behavior analysis in Texas since 1976 after completing his MS degree in Behavior Modification at Southern Illinois University. He accepted a job as a psychologist at Richmond State School, working at a residential unit for clients with severe behavior problems. After a few years he went into administration on the same unit in hopes of having a greater impact.Jeff Enzinna

In 1986 he was asked to develop a community-based program for people with developmental disabilities and very severe problem behaviors which became known as the Behavior Treatment and Training Center. After getting that program started he became the Director of Community Services, providing an array of services in four counties. He later served as the Director of Developmental Disabilities at Texana Center and the Executive Director of Central Gulf MHMR Services.

Throughout his 30 years in administrative roles he ensured that his programs specialized in providing behavior analytic services to children and adults with challenging behaviors. He recognized the value of using behavior analysts throughout the organizations and employed as many as 20 at once, which was the largest group of behavior analysts at any organization in Texas.

Jeff is currently a partner in ABA Professional Services, LLC which is a private practice providing services to individuals with problem behaviors and children with autism and providing consultation to various agencies. Jeff’s contributions to public services in Texas not only include decades of demonstration of the impact that behavior analysts can have on a variety of populations but also on the funding of behavior analytic services in Texas. Jeff realized the importance to our field of recognizing the value of behavior analysts in Texas by developing reimbursement streams for the services of BCBAs through major funding sources. Development of funding streams would also pave the way for employers to be financially able to hire BCBAs and for practioners to be reimbursed for their services which could set the stage for increased demand for BCBAs in Texas. Jeff was instrumental in accomplishing the addition of the BCBA credential to be reimbursed for behavioral supports in several Medicaid Waiver programs including the Home and Community-Based Services (HCS) program, the Texas Home Living program and the Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) program. He also secured such reimbursement through state general revenue funding from the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). He was also instrumental in assisting with the passage of legislation that mandates coverage of ABA services provided by BCBAs for children with autism covered by state- regulated insurance plans.

Presented by Gerald Harris at the 2011 TxABA Annual Conference