Little Leaves Behavioral Services Earns Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Distinction

Silver Spring, MD – The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) has awarded Little Leaves Behavioral Services with an Award of Distinction, recognizing the organization as a top behavioral service provider in the country. The award celebrates exceptional behavioral health providers that excel in 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, a detailed staff qualification review, anonymous staff satisfaction survey, and anonymous consumer satisfaction survey.

“Little Leaves Behavioral Services is an agency that upholds a commitment to clinical quality as evidenced by their stringent staff qualifications and training, individualized treatment programs, and adherence to current best practices in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Additionally, Little Leaves seeks to cultivate a supportive environment for caregivers through trainings in evidence-based strategies and assistance with coordinating logistics of receiving therapy,” said Sara Gershfeld, Founder of BHCOE. “We are pleased to commend the Clinical Director, Dr. Heather Jennett, and Managing Director, Amie Perl, and their team on running a sustainable ABA program that is an invaluable resource for the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia area autism community.” Little Leaves is the first organization in Washington DC and Virginia to earn this distinction, and one of only two programs in all of Maryland.

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 elite standards.

“At Little Leaves, we take great pride in the integrity of our organization and in our dedicated and high caliber team of clinicians, who are committed and passionate about helping our clients make measurable progress in social, behavioral, and cognitive milestones,” said Heather Jennett, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA. “We are thrilled and honored to be receiving this Award of Distinction from the BHCOE and our organization looks forward to continuing to provide quality behavior analysis services in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and beyond in the years to come.”

About Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)
The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is a trusted source that recognizes 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 that subject-matter experts developed to measure state-of-the-art behavioral health services. For more information, visit

About Little Leaves Behavioral Services
Little Leaves is an organization dedicated to helping people with social, communication, and behavioral challenges grow and succeed so that they can participate as fully as possible in their families and communities. Using evidenced-based practices based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), our professionals partner with each family to develop and implement an individualized therapeutic plan. We also help families coordinate the logistics of therapy so that they can focus their time on what really matters – caring for their children. For more information, please visit

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