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July 2020: News & Resources for State Association Leaders
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COVID-19 Updates
Visit and share ASHA’s COVID-19 Updates page to find updated resources on state-by-state tracking of laws and regulations for telepractice and licensure policy and new information on resuming in-person services as well as the use of communication technology-based services during COVID-19.

State Legislative 2020 Midyear Roundup
ASHA’s state affairs team has monitored 1,172 pieces of state legislation and 431 regulations impacting the professions and those we serve. Forty-three bills and 97 regulations passed so far in 2020. Although, many states adjourned their legislative sessions early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASHA is pleased with the advocacy victories achieved, including passage of the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) in six states. Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming were the first states to pass ASLP-IC legislation. ASHA and state associations were concerned with music therapy licensure bills introduced in 17 states. However, only one bill (HB 1562/SB 633) passed in Virginia, which directs the board of social work to establish licensure for music therapists. Of the 14 LEAD-K bills introduced, only one was enacted in West Virginia as of mid-June. Occupational licensure reform legislation was introduced in 32 states, with two bills that seek to establish licensure reciprocity that passed in Iowa and Idaho.

CFCC Approves Assistants Certification Standards and Code of Conduct
The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) approved the standards for ASHA’s Audiology Assistant Certification and standards for ASHA’s Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certification. These standards are the benchmarks of the Assistants Certification Program. The CFCC also approved the Assistants Code of Conduct, which is a framework and focused guide in support of day-to-day decision making related to assistants’ conduct.

ASHA’s Assistants Certification Program helps improve patient/client access to audiology and speech-language pathology services by creating a pipeline of qualified professionals who meet uniform standards of competency and are committed to delivering high-quality care. The program also (a) establishes a uniform standard for the knowledge and skill level expected of assistants and (b) ensures that all ASHA-certified assistants meet the same rigorous requirements.

Visit ASHA Assistants Certification program to learn more or email assistants@asha.org.

Upcoming Email Broadcast Dates
September 14 and October 26 are the next upcoming broadcast dates for state associations to use their once per year opportunity to contact ASHA members in their state. All requests must be submitted 30-days prior in a Word document. If you are mentioning continuing education opportunities, please refer to ASHA’s Guidance for Correct Use of Terms: CEU, ASHA CEUs, CE Course [PDF]. Emails supporting state advocacy efforts, can be sent throughout the year, they do not follow the set dates and timelines for annual email broadcasts. If you are interested in contacting ASHA members in your state about important state legislation, please contact your state liaison [PDF] to discuss your messaging goals and request the appropriate email template.

See ASHA’s advocacy calendar for upcoming events.

Connect with States

Connect with ASHA

  • Know Your State’s Liaison
  • Legislation and Regulatory Issues
    Are you concerned about pending legislation or proposed regulations in your state? Contact your state liaison for advocacy assistance.
  • Contact Information and Leadership Changes
    Do you have changes to your state association leadership? Be sure to let us know. Send an e-mail to Eileen Crowe with your updated information.
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