Success Story: Employer Payment of State Licensure and
Professional Organization Fees
Peggy Flach, SLP
Bethalto School District, IL
About Peggy's path to success:
What did you do?
We requested employer payment of both Illinois Department of
Professional Regulation fees ($100 every 2 years) and ASHA annual
What were your greatest challenges?
Attaining information concerning Medicaid billing,
professional SLP qualifications and billing/reimbursement
Providing a clear explanation of our credentials and fees to
non-SLPs in order to compare similarities and differences between
highest teacher and optimal SLP certifications.
What was the outcome of your effort?
Beginning in 2005 the Bethalto Unit #8 school district in
Bethalto, Illinois sponsored payment of both ASHA fees and
Illinois licensure renewal fees for the 5 full time SLPs.
What advice would you give others?
Become knowledgeable about the funding sources that offset
your salary as well as the ways that SLPs influence revenue.
Anticipate questions from the perspective of school
administrators and teachers. In an attempt to make sense of the
information, the domains and fiscal negotiation options; I offer
The Banana Tree Analogy...
#1 Plant the tree
Have a representative active in the teacher union
Offer informational presentations to the school board
#2 Watch the tree grow
Keep doing #1 for awhile. Be patient.
#3 Shake the tree
...to your administration
Do they promote highest credentialing of employees?
Do you hear the terms "highly qualified" and
Start using those same terms to describe
credentials. A CCC-SLP is "nationally board
...to your Medicaid intermediary
What SLP credentials are needed for optimum independent
revenue? (no co-signing)
How much revenue is generated by the SLP(s)?
#4 Pick a banana and take a bite
Take on the smaller goal.
Ask for reimbursement/payment of credentialing fees in the
light that SLP certifications
in programs that
bring in revenue
#5 Take the whole banana
Go for total parity: fees + stipend
Promote SLP parity concerning Master Teacher equivalency
stipends. "Master SLP" aptly describes the CCC via
common vocabulary. Explore the ASHA website for success stories
and research back issues of The Leader to bring precedents to
#6 Make banana bread
Spread the word
Take a professional and personal risk: communicate your
successes and failures with your local, regional, state and
national colleagues. Indeed, one day you might look in the banana
tree and see...
#7 100 Monkeys
If you are unfamiliar with this story, go to
http://www.wowzone.com/monkey.htm. Here is the gist. At a certain point enough SLPs will have
succeeded in moving to drive larger geographic changes. First one
SLP...then a district...then a co-op/region...then a state...then
Precedents have already been set with local and statewide
If you look closely you can see that, indeed, that banana tree
is getting a wee bit crowded!
Best of luck,