Update from New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Committee on SLPAs
The NM Regulation and Licensing Committee on Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) met January 8, 2017 to review the SLPA licensure draft. The Committee is comprised of Bridget Guenther and Victoria Schmidt (Licensure Board members), Shelley Kastler-Davis (APS SLP Liaison) and Dr. Michael Kaplan (NMSHA members). The committee considered all recommendations that had been submitted by NMSHA members and the SLP community at large, with many of the recommendations being adopted. Certain recommended items, although very good, were deemed more appropriate for a “Best Practice” document rather than the SLPA licensure draft document. The “Best Practice” document will be developed by the New Mexico Speech and Hearing Association in the near future.
Highlights of the meeting are:
- Timeframe to present SLPA licensure to the legislature will be January 2018. It is anticipated that the Audiology Assistance draft can be created and recommended for inclusion at the same time.
- Employment requirements, supervision requirements, and scope of practice were clarified following the submitted recommendations.
- The committee reviewed Arizona, Texas, Colorado and California requirements as well as ASHA guidelines for SLPAs and Scope of Practice in making recommendations on this document.
- The committee reviewed the current SLPA training programs, in surrounding states and their requirements, courses and supervision to look at quality of programs.
- A second draft of the licensure document is available here SLPARulesdraft 1-31-17. It is also on the Let’s Talk blog, where we encourage you to leave your comments. Be sure to log into the web site to access the blog.
Clarification around SLPAs for licenses at present. Click this link slpaletter-to-school-districts to read a letter from Joe Maldonado, Board Administrator of The New Mexico Board of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices