Fishers-based autism center operator acquired by Baltimore firm

Fishers-based Behavior Analysis Center for Autism, which provides therapy to individuals with autism and other related developmental disabilities, has been acquired by Baltimore-based Learn Behavioral Partners, the companies announced.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism, or BACA, was founded in 2009 by Carl Sundberg, chief clinician and president, and chief executive Devon Sundberg.

BACA operates four facilities in Indiana, with two in Fishers, one in Zionsville and one in Elkhart. The centers teach language, social, self-help, academic, daily living and life skills to children and young adults.

Learn Behavioral Partners, founded in 2007 as Learn It Systems, specializes in the tailored treatment of children and young adults with autism based on applied behavior analysis. It operates more than 50 facilities in 15 states.

Learn Behavioral said it would “make significant investments in the clinical staff” at BACA, “while providing them with a patient-centric framework and other resources required to meet the unique needs of each child.”

BACA will continue to operate under its current name.

“We were approached by a variety of potential suitors, but only Learn Behavioral shared our commitment and capability to provide the highest quality care to our patients, as well as the willingness to invest in the clinical staff who render that care,” said Carl Sundberg in written remarks. “The people who matter so very much to us couldn’t be in better hands.”

The Indianapolis office of BKD Capital Advisors served as financial adviser on the acquisition.

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