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Don Scheeler Named President of Behavioral Programs for LEARN Behavioral

BALTIMORE, MD. LEARN Behavioral, the leading network of providers serving children with autism and other special needs, announced that Don Scheeler has been named President of LEARN’s Behavioral Programs and Head of Corporate Development.

Michael Maloney, Founder and CEO of LEARN, commented, “Don has been a key component in our organization’s success and evolution.  As we look to the future, I am excited to have Don lead our successful behavioral programs and to continue to expand the good we do in the schools and communities we serve.”

Prior to this role, Don served as Executive Vice President of Specialized Services, brining his more than 24 years of experience in operations, finance, and humand resources in the education industry.

LEARN Behavioral acquires BCI of Worcester, Massachusetts

WORCESTER, MA: LEARN Behavioral, the leading network of providers serving children with autism and other special needs, announced today the acquisition of Worcester, MA based Behavior Concepts (BCI) further expanding LEARN’s AST Provider Network in the Northeast.

Founded by Dr. Jeff Robinson in 2002, BCI provides services to over 500 individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families at their center locations in Worcester and Fitchburg, as well as home-based services throughout central Massachusetts. According to Dr. Robinson, “BCI was founded on the belief that each child is unique and capable, and as clinicians it’s our job to develop programs that meet the needs of each one. Over the past 15 years we’ve built an organization of more than 200 staff that embody this philosophy and deliver exceptional services to families in our community.”

“BCI expands our footprint for autism services” explains Michael Maloney, LIS’s CEO, “We are excited to partner with a talented owner like Jeff and continue the great work of BCI. Jeff has built a great team and organization, and we are honored to continue this legacy in the community.”

With the support of LEARN, BCI plans to expand services throughout Massachusetts and New England creating additional access to quality ABA services for families in these underserved markets. Justin Funches, President of Autism Services for LEARN, continued, “BCI shares our common core values around clinical excellence and creating a fantastic work environment for staff. Together we will continue to provide excellent services and support to the Worcester and Fitchburg communities and beyond.”

BCI will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of LEARN and will become a part of the AST Provider Network. The AST Provider Network serves over 2,500 clients annually across 9 states.

About BCI:

Behavioral Concepts (BCI) provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children with autism and their families in central Massachusetts.  BCI’s mission is to identify and facilitate effective personalized instruction that allows children to discover more, learn more, and be more – increasing their independence and enhancing their quality of life at home, in school, and in the community. BCI is a Massachusetts Department of Public Health approved provider of specialty ABA services for early intervention, and provides center, home-based, and after-school services through private and public health insurance. Learn more about BCI at www.bciaba.com

About LEARN Behavioral

LEARN is the leading network of providers serving children with autism and other special needs. LEARN specializes in behavioral health treatment based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is committed to providing programs and services that are family-focused, community minded, and delivered with the highest clinical integrity. The LEARN team delivers more than 1.5 million hours of services and is comprised of more than 3,000 professionals passionate and purposely about find success for every child their care. www.learnbehavioral.com


Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) Expands Illinois Services

Autism Spectrum Therapies (“AST”) is excited to announce the acquisition of certain assets of Autism Family Centers (“AFC”) of Illinois. Through this partnership, AST now offers center-based services in Chicago’s West Loop, and Northbrook, as well as home-based services across Chicago and the Northern Suburbs.

Justin Funches, VP of Operations for AST commented, “We are excited to partner with AFC to expand our services in Chicagoland. Lauren Rabin and her team have created a great organization and we are excited to continue their legacy of providing excellent comprehensive care to children with autism and their families.”

With four centers across Illinois and Michigan, this partnership solidifies AST’s commitment to providing high-quality services in the Midwest. AST also offers services in Arizona, California, Washington, New Mexico, Maryland and Louisiana.

About AST

Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) is a leading provider of behavioral health treatment utilizing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). AST’s clinical philosophy is grounded in working collaboratively with families, insurers, and schools to deliver high-integrity, individualized treatment plans that use the latest science to guide interventions. AST is part of the LEARN Provider Network, the leading autism treatment network serving 2,500 families across 9 states. Learn more at autismtherapies.com.

LEARN acquires Beach Cities Learning

On Monday, December 14, 2015, LEARN Behavioral announced its purchase of Beach Cities Learning. Beach Cities Learning is a California approved and  Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited non-public school that provides special education and alternative education solutions for school districts in California. With locations in Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes and Rosemead, Beach Cities currently serves more than 50 students in the Greater Los Angeles area. The school serves students in grades 1–12 using tailored programs that target confidence building, motivation, focus, and problem solving skills.

According to Dan Campbell, Beach Cities Learning’s Founder and Executive Director, “Our partnership with Learn It will allow us to expand our unique, high-quality services throughout California. We are also excited to collaborate with professionals across Learn It’s organization to offer additional services to our school district clients and continue to help children in need excel.”

Beach Cities Learning along with Desert Choice Schools form the basis of LEARN’s Intensive Behavior Support services which provides managed classroom solutions for school districts to support high-need students, especially those with emotional disabilities (ED), autism spectrum disorders, and alternative learning needs. Don Scheeler, Learn It’s Executive Vice President commented, “We are excited to add Beach Cities services to our portfolio of school-within-a-school services for school districts. With a reintegration rate upwards of 50%, Beach Cities’ philosophy and focus on outcomes fits well with our organization’s goals to provide exceptional services for children with special needs.”

Dan founded Beach Cities Learning in 2009 after spending more than 25 years in public education service, including serving as a program specialist overseeing high school special education programs. He saw first-hand the difficulty schools were facing educating nontraditional learners, and created Beach Cities Learning to fill this gap with a high-quality, outcomes-focused program. Dan added, “Many students do not learn well in traditional institutions. Students do not always respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. I believe that a child’s strengths and natural abilities need to be the foundation of learning, and this is core to our programs.”