In S.T.E.P.P.S. Earns Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Distinction

Los Angeles, CA – In S.T.E.P.P.S., a behavioral service agency, just received a Distinguished Award from the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE). The award celebrates exceptional special needs providers that excel in synthesizing the areas of clinical quality, staff satisfaction and qualifications, and consumer satisfaction. These areas are measured via a wide-ranging audit including interviews with agency clinical leadership, detailed staff qualification review, an anonymous staff satisfaction survey, and an anonymous consumer satisfaction survey.

“In S.T.E.P.P.S. is an exceptional model of an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program, dedicated to providing state-of-the-art services to children and their families,” said Sara Gershfeld, Founder of BHCOE. “A Center of Excellence is able to adopt and implement quality standards that promote thriving futures for their consumers. There are only a handful of companies that have achieved this level of distinction nationwide and we are very pleased to add In S.T.E.P.P.S. to this celebrated group.”

BHCOE is a trusted source for recognizing top-performing behavioral health providers. Acting as a third-party, the organization systematically measures and reports on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community using standardized methods and practices, and awards only those service agencies that meet these elite standards.

“In S.T.E.P.P.S. is honored to be recognized by BHCOE and we are pleased to receive this distinction,” said Erin K. McNerney, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Clinical Director of In S.T.E.P.P.S.. “Our naturalistic, developmental, behavioral model provides services across settings and includes parents, siblings, and any key care providers. As a result of our focus on functional skills, strong belief in capitalizing on motivation, and the power of positive reinforcement and positive behavior support strategies, we are able to develop highly effective intervention programs for individuals of all ages and skill levels.”

About Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)
The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is a trusted source for recognizing top- performing behavioral health providers. BHCOE offers a third party measurement system that differentiates top services providers from exceptional services providers. The BHCOE criterion features standards developed by subject matter experts to measure state-of-the-art behavioral health services. The organization’s partnership with Love My Provider, an online review site of services for families impacted by special needs, allows awardees to be featured as a Center of Excellence on For more information, visit

About IN S.T.E.P.P.S.
IN S.T.E.P.P.S. is a behavioral service agency, headquartered in Irvine, California, dedicated to providing state-of-the-art services to children and their families. The organization’s evidence-based teaching approaches are tailored to each program and emphasize naturalistic teaching strategies, such as PRT. Because each child and family is unique, programs must fit a family’s routines and lifestyle to result in change that can be maintained. For more information, visit

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