Kentucky Government Affairs Panel

During this panel, representatives from the Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board, Kentucky Office of Autism, and ABA Advocates will share information pertinent to behavior analytic providers in the state. 

  • The Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board was created in 2010 following passage of Kentucky House Bill 159, which mandated insurance coverage for autism treatment. The ABA Board is responsible for issuing state licenses to individuals qualified to practice ABA in Kentucky. It is also tasked with administering, enforcing, and revising state regulations and statutes for the practice of ABA. Most importantly, the ABA Board provides protection to the public with regards to the delivery of ABA services. During this panel, Dr. Hammond-Natof will clarify the board’s relationship to the national BACB board, review the levels of credentialing in Kentucky, highlight requirements for maintaining licensure at each level, and describe the process of governor-selected appointments to the board. 
  • The Kentucky Office of Autism coordinates statewide efforts to enhance the quality of life and independence to individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and provides support to their families and caregivers. During this panel, Mrs. Cooper-Puckett will describe initiatives worked on through the office that impact the work of behavior analysts practicing in the state.
  • ABA Advocates is a group of provider organizations, individual providers and other advocates who have decided to partner together and pool their funds to hire Bart Baldwin Consulting to lobby on their behalf and manage ABA Advocates. During this panel, Mr. Baldwin will describe the impact ABA Advocates has had on public policy decisions, state regulations, state law, state funding and MCO policy decisions.


Tammy Hammond Natof, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Chair, Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board

Dr. Tammy Hammond-Natof established her private practice in Lexington, Kentucky in 2011. She completed her undergraduate degree at Transylvania University and earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York in Binghamton. Dr. Hammond-Natof is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Kentucky and is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). She is currently serving her second term on the Kentucky ABA Board and has served as board chair since 2015.

Bart Baldwin
Lobbyist, ABA Advocates

Bart has over two decades of experience in public policy, lobbying and executive level management in the health care and human services fields.  He started Bart Baldwin Consulting in 2013. Previously Bart was an active member of the lobbying firm Bird Consulting Group.  Prior to that he served as the President of the Children’s Alliance, representing child welfare agencies in Kentucky.  Formerly, he was the National Director of Regional Public Policy for the Washington D.C. based Child Welfare League of America. Prior to becoming involved in government affairs work, Bart was a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Kentucky for both profit and non-profit national corporations.  He eventually went to work for the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, a trade association for the long term care industry. Bart graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree Health Care Management. He lives in Shelbyville with his wonderful wife Stephanie.  They have two children, Harrison, a student at Belmont University in Nashville, and Kathleen, a student at Shelby County High School. 

Amy Cooper-Puckett, LCSW
Direct, Kentucky Office of Autism

Amy Cooper-Puckett completed a BSW at Western Kentucky University and a MSSW at the University of Louisville. She is a licensed clinical social worker with twenty-one years of professional social work experience, sixteen years serving with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Her experience includes child protection, case management, inpatient and outpatient clinical therapy services, crisis intervention, statewide training and consultation, program management and ten years with the Department of Behavioral Health Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.  Mrs. Cooper-Puckett was initially appointed by the Governor to serve as Director for the Office of Autism in June, 2014. In her role as Director she serves as a primary contact to professionals, families and self- advocates to bridge the gap in the service delivery system between behavioral, medical and educational services to persons on the Autism Spectrum and they’re families.  Mrs. Cooper-Puckett provides administrative decision making and recommendations on policies, procedures, and treatment approaches as it relates to Autism Spectrum Disorder; Leads state level strategic planning, development, implementation of autism spectrum services; Collaborates with other state agencies, self-advocates, parent groups and advocacy organizations on resource development and service delivery; improve coordination of resources within the system of care supporting children and adults with autism through coordination of service delivery between private and public entities.  As a liaison between the private sector, universities, advocates and government agencies she facilitates a coordinated effort to address systemic issues in policy to enhance service delivery.