About KBH

Creating an environment in

which exceptional people can

think BIG, have FUN, do GOOD, & be KIND.

Creating an environment in which exceptional people can think big, have fun, & do good


Expanding access to high- quality care for over 15 years

As a leader in autism services in North Carolina, our founder, Denise DeCandia, has long been a pioneer in expanding access to care.

Originally from Long Island (and a passionate Mets fan), Denise began her career in autism services splitting her time between ABA services for young children in home settings and severe maladaptive behavior treatment for adults in a group home setting. She was quickly drawn to the power of ABA as an evidence-based, intensive intervention and its ability to help children access greater opportunity for independence and autonomy. Ever since, Denise has dedicated her life to expanding access to high-quality ABA services. 

Today, KBH is proud to be the leading provider of ABA services in North Carolina. Building on a central theme of KBH’s history, the organization continues to believe that strong clinicians are critical to strong outcomes. With that, KBH consistently invests heavily in training its clinical team and maintains a commitment to upholding the highest professional standards. Additionally, we continue a core belief that diversity make us stronger, both in terms of our team mates as well as the clients we serve.

Our Values

Shaping the lives around us

KBH is a mission-driven organization, dedicated to improving the lives of our clients, and their families. As a Public Benefit Corporation, KBH endeavors to always further its mission of expanding access to high-quality ABA treatment and autism services. Our values are not just printed on paper or posted on the walls – they are our guiding light in all that we do, and we live them through our decisions, actions, and interactions, every single day.

  • Designing and delivering services, focused on socially significant behaviors, that drive the greatest level of quality-of-life improvements for the greatest number of families.
  • To do this, we will strive to work with urgency and consistency both in the delivery of our services and stewardship of families through their journeys.
  • Committing to an ongoing pursuit of excellence, where we can be proud of the work we have accomplished so far and motivated by the ground still to cover.
  • To do this, we will individually and collectively hold ourselves accountable to learn from each other, gather feedback from key stakeholders, and integrate that feedback and other data as we design a higher standard.
  • Taking care of each other with our collective words, behaviors and expertise in efforts to support both others’ personal and professional journeys and our collective wellbeing.
  • To do this, we will actively build relationships anchored in trust and vulnerability, aiming to communicate effectively, truly understand others’ perspectives and deliver clear, growth-promoting feedback. Within our interactions, we will strive to extend the most generous interpretation to the intentions, words, and actions of others.
  • Treating others the way they want to be treated.
  • To do this, we will act with compassion, integrity and thoughtfulness. We see others’ unique contributions as assets and celebrate the diversity of experiences that are part of each of our learning histories.

Building a safe community

At KBH, we strive to build a community where all members feel safe. We believe that opportunity should be accessible to all and that our work to create an environment in which exceptional people can think big, have fun, do good, and be kind is predicated on engaging team members with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, irrespective of age, race, gender, gender identity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or neurological functioning. Prejudicial discrimination of any kind and in any form is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
When any KBH key stakeholder (i.e., client, client family member/ caregiver, employee, partner) is accused of discriminatory behavior, an internal review committee will review all known details and respond with a resolution and corrective action as necessary, including the potential to separate (e.g., refer out, terminate employment).
All possible issues of discrimination should be reported immediately to our CEO, Keith Laabs ([email protected]).

Our service areas

Here for you and your loved ones - clinic, home, or school

The staff of KBH is able to provide in-home or clinic-based services to clients located in the Triangle, Charlotte, and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For specific information about services for your child, contact the staff at the clinic location closest to your home.

Committed to successful outcomes, our leadership team upholds the highest standards.