ASHA has the organizational capacity and financial resources to support the development and implementation of an interstate compact. Because we have the largest number of affiliates in each profession, we can ensure that all professionals will benefit.
In collaboration with the National Council of State Boards of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB), ASHA has contracted with the Council of State Governments – National Center for Interstate Compacts (CSG) to facilitate the development and implementation of an interstate compact for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
The Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact has been introduced in 7 states and counting. Please continue to follow our success.
The Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact Legislative Educational Summit was held on August 19–20 in Washington, DC. Forty-one legislators, regulatory board members, and panelists attended from 15 targeted compact states. Panels included military spouses, telepractitioners, and practitioners with multiple state licenses. Bill sponsors are currently being identified with plans to introduce the compact legislation in states in 2020.
The Advisory Committee signed off on the final draft of the interstate compact. The document will undergo editing and a final legal review before being made public. An educational summit is being planned for August 2019 for targeted state legislators and licensing boards to learn about the compact and garner support.
The stakeholder review period has finished and comments have been received from several individuals and organizations. The Drafting Team is meeting in February 2019 to review the comments and decide if they should be incorporated into the draft document. The Drafting Team will then send the final draft to the Advisory Committee for review. The Advisory Committee will finalize the draft compact at their upcoming meeting in March 2019.
The Drafting Team continued to meet through summer 2018 to finalize a draft document through September 2018. The draft Interstate Compact was then presented to the National Council of State Boards of Examiners (NCSB) at their annual meeting on October 5, 2018, and to the ASHA Board of Directors on October 12, 2018. The draft has been sent to stakeholders, such as state licensing boards, state associations, and affiliated organizations for review through December 31, 2018.
The Drafting Team for the Speech-Language-Hearing Interstate Compact met on May 21–22, 2018, in Washington, DC. The team is in the process of developing a first draft of an interstate compact based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee and discussions at the in-person meeting. There were no material deviations from the Drafting Team Charge developed by the Advisory Group. It is anticipated that a draft will be sent to stakeholders for comment in fall 2018.
The Advisory Committee finished the first phase of its work by preparing recommendations for, and selecting members of the Drafting Team. These members include:
The Drafting Team will hold its first meeting spring 2018 to begin drafting a document for the Advisory Committee and external stakeholders to review.
CSG facilitated several calls with the Advisory Committee to work through the recommendations for the Drafting Team. Additional calls were held for stakeholders to hear the results of the Advisory Group meetings to date and allow them to pose any questions or concerns.
Advisory Group participants include: