SB 885 Modifies provisions of law relating to licensing and certification for speech-language pathologists and audiologists
Sponsor: Pearce
LR Number: 6090S.01I Fiscal Note available
Committee: Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections
Last Action: 4/30/2014 - Voted Do Pass S Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2014

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SB 885 - Currently, a speech-language pathology assistant must work under the direction of a speech language pathologist licensed by the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. This act states that a speech-language pathology assistant may also work under the direction of a speech-language pathologist who is either employed by a federal agency or licensed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for at least one year.

An applicant for registration with the Board as a speech-language pathology assistant must complete bachelor's level course work and clinical requirements in the field of speech-language pathology as established by the Board through rules and regulations.

The act repeals the requirement that a corporation engaged in the business of speech-language pathology or audiology who employs licensed persons must file a statement with the Board specifying that the corporation submits itself to the rules and regulations of the Board.

Current licensing requirements do not apply to a person who holds a valid certificate as a speech-language pathologist issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This act states that licensing requirements shall not apply to such persons who hold a current certificate issued by the Department prior to January 1, 2014.

The act repeals provisions of law which require an applicant for licensure as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist to present written evidence of completion of a clinical fellowship.

Currently, the Board may file a complaint with the Administrative Hearing Commission against any holder of a certificate or license for specified reasons. This act states that following the administrative hearing proceedings and a finding that grounds for disciplinary action have been met then the Board may restrict or limit the person's ability to practice for an indefinite period of time.

The act also states that no person who has served as a member of the Advisory Commission for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist for two consecutive terms may be reappointed until a lapse of a least two years has occurred following the completion of the persons two consecutive terms.

This act is substantially similar to HB 1900 (2014).

JESSICA BAKER