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Date of establishment: 1949
Contact: Linda King, firstname.lastname@example.org
How are you making a difference in your members'
MSHA monitors bills introduced in the state legislature that
could have a positive or negative impact on our profession in the
areas of delivery of services, conditions of services or licensure.
We continue to offer multiple continuing education opportunities
throughout the year. MSHA keeps graduate students involved through
our student event (an informational day with discussions of what to
expect in clinical fellowship experiences, the
licensure/certification process, and resume/interview techniques),
networking happy hours and a student scholarship.
What is the most significant challenge, unique
circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences
and disorders professionals in your state today?
From a health care perspective, third-party reimbursement
continues to be the most challenging aspect of the job.
Frustrations for school-based clinicians continue to be caseload
size and the large amount of paperwork needed for each child who
What is your association's proudest
With a grant from ASHA, one of our members spent a considerable
amount of time spearheading a committee of our executive council
and management office to create our website. We are proud to
announce it went live on April 30! MSHA hopes this new website will
be more user-friendly for our members and for anyone else looking
for information about services and providers.
What is a particularly memorable event in your
association's history and how did it come about?
MSHA played an instrumental role in requiring state licensure
for speech-language pathologists and audiologists (1983) and for
speech-language pathology assistants (2004).
Do you have a particularly successful advocacy or
recruitment strategy to share?
Last year MSHA decided to implement a new membership opportunity
for MSHA-sponsored continuing education events. When nonmembers
register for these events, they automatically receive a free
one-year MSHA membership. This system allows us to share the
benefits of membership to those who have never before joined. We
hope that after the year is over, the new members will choose to
renew based on the benefits that they have received. We have also
focused on engaging graduate students in the association and
guiding them through the transition from students to working
Advocacy is a large part of our association. We use a monitoring
service to track legislation that could affect licensure or
services being provided.
What should every communication science and disorders
professional in your state know about the association?
We work hard every day for all speech-language pathologists and
audiologists in Massachusetts, regardless of their MSHA membership
status. We volunteer to maintain our state standards and fight for
those we serve. We strongly believe that all communication sciences
and disorders professionals should be members of their association
in whatever state they live and practice.