The New Mexico Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board has proposed amendments including: (1) revisions to what constitutes unprofessional conduct, (2) license fee updates, (3) modification of procedures and requirements for licensing, (4) updates and clarification of rule language, and (5) correction of grammatical errors. The amendments are intended to update procedures and clarify definitions.
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 will be available for further review and comment soon.
Members of the New Mexico Speech Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board
(If unable to attend meeting, contact Michael Kaplan email@example.com to provide feedback on the rules)
FROM: Samantha Lopez, Board Administrator
DATE: January 19, 2016
RE: RULE HEARING AND REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the New Mexico Speech-Language, Pathology, Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board (“Board”) will hold a public rule hearing on Friday, February 19, 2016, at the New Mexico Commission for the Blind, 2200 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The rule hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the regular scheduled Board Meeting in which the Board will adopt the rules and discuss items on the agenda.
The purpose of the rule hearing is to consider adoption of proposed amendments and additions to the following Board Rules and Regulations in 16.26 NMAC: Part 1General Provisions and Part 2 Licensure Requirements.
The Board’s proposed rules are available on the Board’s website at: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Speech_Language_Pathology_Audiology_and_Hearing_Aid_Dispensing_Practices.aspx. Individuals requesting copies of proposed rules may also contact the Board Office at the Toney Anaya Building, 2550 Cerrillos Road, P.O. Box 25101, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504, or by calling (505) 476-4622. A copy of the agenda for the regular board meeting will be available at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the meeting and will be posted on the board’s website. The agenda may also be obtained by contacting the Board Office.
In order for the Board Members to review public comments in their meeting packets prior to the meeting, individuals who do not wish to attend the hearing may submit written or recorded comments. Written or recorded comments must be received no later than January 29, 2016, by 5:00 P.M. Individuals wishing to present their comments at the hearing need to provide ten (10) copies of any comments or proposed changes for distribution to the Board and staff.
The Board may enter into Executive Session pursuant to § 10-15-1.H of the Open Meetings Act, to discuss matters related to the issuance, suspension, renewal or revocation of licenses.
Persons with a disability who need a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting may contact the Board Office at (505) 476-4622 at least ten (10) days in advance notice to provide requested alternative formats and special accommodations.
All Speech-Language Pathologists supervising ASL’s and/or CFY’s in the Public and/or Charter Schools or REC’s
All ASL’s and CFY’s working in education settings
From Michael Kaplan, NMSHA President
I received an email recently from a student working on her CFY and was told that when she applied to the Public Education Department (PED) for a Level 1 license that she was denied that license.
I recently met with the new Director of the PED Licensure Bureau and inquired about the process and timeline for CFY’s and ASL’s to apply for their Level 1 license since the passage and signing of SB 181 by the Governor in April 2013. I provided the director with the sections of law and where in Statutes they were located which were amended by signing SB181. The law changes are not part of education Statutes (Chapter 22 NMSA) so the Licensure Bureau at PED would not necessarily be aware of them.
I received an email from the PED Licensure Bureau on August 22 to report that the Licensure changes for ASLs and CFYs have been posted on the PED website under the Licensure Bureau and that the Licensure Bureau staff have been notified of the changes. Hopefully, the application process for a Level 1 license should be easier with these recent changes.
Please let me know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if as an ASL or CFY, you encounter any difficulty getting your Level 1 license from PED.
Michael Kaplan, President, NMSHA
New Mexico Licensing Bureau for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
The Board licenses and regulates speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and hearing aid dispensers.
• Speech-language pathologists provide testing and treatment of speech, voice or language disorders.
• Audiologists test for and evaluate hearing problems and assist with hearing aid selection or other functions related to hearing disorders.
• Hearing aid dispensers test, fit, sell, and service hearing aids.
For more information contact:
Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Board
Toney Anaya Building
2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
PO BOX 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87505(505)476-4640
(505) 476-4620 Fax