Verbal Beginnings Receives Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Accreditation

Columbia, MD – The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) has recognized Verbal Beginnings with a 1-Year Accreditation, acknowledging the organization as a top behavioral service provider in the country. The BHCOE Accreditation recognizes 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.

“Verbal Beginnings is persistent in striving to deliver quality care and is committed to improvement. They are receptive to feedback and actively engage in the peer review process to deliver ethical Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services,” said Sara Gershfeld Litvak, Founder of BHCOE. “We are pleased to congratulate CEO and Founder, Diana Wolf, Managing Partner and Founder, Nick Chappell, and their team on running an excellent resource for the autism community across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and beyond.”

BHCOE Accreditation is the only ABA-specific accreditation. It provides feedback regarding clinical best practices, staff satisfaction and turnover, and consumer protection. 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 accredits only those service agencies that meet these standards.

“At Verbal Beginnings, we are passionate about helping our clients make meaningful progress by providing effective care,” said Diana Wolf, MA, BCBA, LBA, “Our clinicians are the heart of the company and Verbal Beginnings is proud of the high quality of care that they provide. We work hard to provide the education and resources they need to bring top tier services to families across MD, DC, VA, PA and beyond.”

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 Verbal Beginnings
Verbal Beginnings, an in-home and center-based provider, delivers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children ages 2-18 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA therapy is an individualized approach that is tailored toward each child’s specific needs. Clinicians use effective research-based strategies that have been empirically validated to make meaningful changes in each child’s life. Verbal Beginnings follows a team-based approach that supports clinicians with every aspect of their position. The supportive and resourceful environment provides ongoing opportunities for professional growth and advancement. The comprehensive focus on clients and professionals provides Verbal Beginnings with the resources necessary to bring families the life changing services from highly trained teams of ABA professionals. For more information, visit

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