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BIG things are happening at ABS

It is 2016 and BIG things are happening at ABS already this year. We are fine-tuning departments in our UT Corporate Office, bringing in new BCBA’s, and updating our systems. This letter is intended to bring you up to speed with all of these changes.

Administrative Staff Updates:

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We have added a few Administrators to our departments. You may call or email to contact the following departments:

  • Employee On-boarding and Client Intake: EXT 0,
  • Billing: Accounts, billing and Payroll: EXT 1,
  • Benefits/ Authorizations: EXT 701,
  • Scheduling: Ext 2,
  • Contracting/ Credentialing: EXT 3,
  • California Clinical Director: EXT 4,
  • Utah Clinical Director: EXT 5,
  • For questions or concerns email


Clinical Staff Updates:

Please welcome our newest BCBA’s!

Kristyn Peterson, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA

Kristyn received her Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University, which enabled her to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Kristyn has worked with individuals with special needs for over eight years in a variety of capacities, and has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2009. She has worked in a variety of capacities, including direct care, training behavioral interventionists, and directing ABA programs. Kristyn has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with severe problem behaviors, including self-injury, feeding issues, and aggression. She is excited to be a member of the ABS team, and to be able to provide the best services possible to the individuals she serves.

Will Johnson, M.Ed., BCBA

Will received his Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in 2014 and subsequently became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He has worked with individuals from a diverse range of populations and backgrounds, but has had the most experience working with children and teens on the Autism spectrum. He has had several years of experience working directly with individuals as well as in supervisory and parent education roles. He is excited to be a part of ABS’ tradition of providing excellent quality of care to all individuals served.

Congratulations to Rayl and Lindsey, our newest Jr. Consultants (BCaBA)!


Lindsey Hoffman, BS, BCaBA
Junior Consultant

Lindsey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Human and Family Development from Utah State University in 2008. She taught first grade for Davis School District for six years and started with ABS in 2014. Lindsey is now certified as a Registered Behavior Technician with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and she is currently working on earning her BCaBA certification, with an eventual goal of earning a Masters degree and a BCBA certification. Lindsey loves working one-on-one with children and having the opportunity to focus on each individual’s strengths and needs.

Rayl Smith, BA, BCaBA
Junior Consultant

Rayl earned a BA in Comparative Sociology from the University of Puget Sound. He is currently enrolled in a special education master’s program and plans to complete the requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. When he’s not fishing, skiing, climbing, or trail running, Rayl delights in utilizing his active nature to motivate the children with which he works.

System Updates: 

We have recently upgraded our Payroll system by moving to Paylocity. This system offers an integrated app that allows employees to view paychecks, benefits and manage time off from a mobile device.

Please download the app by following one of the following links:

Paylocity App Link (google play store)

Paylocity App Link (apple app store)

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Looking forward:

Each year we meet with each employee to go over progress and goals. This is a great time to collaborate with administrators about your career path at ABS. We want you to know that you are valued and appreciated for your hard work. We are doing everything possible to create a workplace that fosters advancement opportunities, rich training and individual support. When we work together we create “Behavior Alternatives to Open New Opportunities” for our clients and ourselves.


ABS Expansion into Southern California

Alternative Behavior Strategies, Inc. has recently expanded into Southern California. It has taken some time to get established but, we are happy to report, that treatment options are alive and well.


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Our main office, in Rancho Cucamonga, is easy to locate and access. However, all services- from the Intake Assessment to ABA Treatment are available in home and community settings.

Many families have been waiting for us to vendor with Inland Regional Center and San Diego Regional Center. We are happy to announce that this is finally complete and services are available. (Other major insurances are also accepted). Please fill out the interest form on our Service Page.

We have been attending local events to reach out to children and families in the community. We recently attended RUSD Special Needs Fair in Riverside, CA and ran into some of our new families! The area is heavily populated but the community is tightly knit and involved in services and programs. We have had a wonderful time getting to know people in this area!


What is an ABS Lead Behavior Interventionist?

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Alternative Behavior Strategies has designed specific employee roles for Client Teams, consisting of:

  • Behavior Interventionist(s)
  • Lead Interventionist
  • Consultant

The role of the Lead Interventionist was created as a training and continued education position. An employee is eligible for this position upon enrollment in BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) coursework and after demonstrating competency running a variety of programs with varied teaching techniques. The purpose of this role is to assist the Consultant with programming needs, which include but is not limited to:

  • Implementing updates of programmatic decisions from consultant
  • Implementing new program goals
  • Creating program materials
  • Researching teaching strategies
  • Collaborating with the Consultant to implement effective strategies

The goal behind the creation of this position is to create BCBA Consultants who demonstrate exemplary skills through an organic, self-paced, supported system. Alternative Behavior Strategies Administration believes that the therapies offered are only as good as the training that their employees are subject to. For this reason, weekly training, supervised programming and individualized supervision are mandatory for the Lead Interventionist Position.

There is more information about our Lead Interventionists on the ABS Staff Bios page.