Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
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The Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board is scheduled to meet Friday, June 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus Building, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. When the agenda is available, it will be posted online. The meeting will be broadcast on TDLR's YouTube channel.
The Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board met February 24 in Austin. The agenda is available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.
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Speech-Language Pathology Supervisors can now add and delete their intern and assistant supervisees online
Licensed Speech-Language Pathologists who are eligible to supervise can log in to their online licensing accounts to add or delete assistant and intern supervisees. Supervisors may add or delete assistants and interns who are currently licensed. Supervisors may not add or delete applicants who have not been issued a license yet. Read detailed instructions for the online system.
The changes made by the licensed supervisor are immediate. Supervisors may print out a summary of their current assistants and interns as soon as they make any changes. Read answers to frequently asked questions
The new online system can be used instead of submitting paper Supervisory Responsibility Statement forms, and Intern Plan of Agreement and Supervision forms.
Please refer to the program rules for information on supervision requirements at 16 Texas Administrative Code §111.154. Requirements, Duties, and Responsibilities of Supervisors.
TDLR staff from multiple divisions worked together to create this new online process for licensees’ ease and convenience. This project reflects TDLR’s Core Values of Customer Service, Teamwork and Innovation.
Health Professions Transition FAQs
1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists program including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement on October 3, 2016.
2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.
3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR has adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on October 1, 2016. View the rule changes and links to the TDLR rules
4. What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you filed a complaint with DSHS or had a complaint filed against your license and it was not resolved by the transfer date, TDLR assumed responsibility for the case. You should have already received notification by mail that your complaint was transferred to TDLR.
5. I was fingerprinted for my DSHS license. Do I have to be fingerprinted again?
No, you do not need to be fingerprinted again.
6. How will the supervision requirements for Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistants change?
The new TDLR rule on the supervision of Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistants is effective October 1, 2016. The rule may be found at Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, §111.50 (g). The rule requires:
- at least eight hours of supervision per month;
- at least four of the eight hours must be direct supervision;
- at least two of the four direct supervision hours must be in person and onsite where the assistant is providing therapy; and
- up to six of the eight hours may be via telepractice/telehealth without applying for an exception.
Direct supervision implies face-to-face observation of direct client contact at the work/clinic site. For two of the required four hours of direct supervision, the supervisor must be physically present where the therapy is occurring. For the remaining two hours, the supervisor may directly supervise the direct client contact via telepractice/telehealth. If a supervisor is not using telepractice/telehealth, all four of the direct supervision hours must be in person and onsite where the assistant is providing therapy.
Examples of in-direct supervision are other monitoring activities, such as telephone conferences with the licensed assistant, evaluating the licensed assistant’s records and correspondence, reviewing videotapes of the licensed assistant’s therapy, and discussing the licensed assistant’s performance with professional colleagues. Telepractice/telehealth may be used for in-direct supervision. For instance, a supervisor may wish to video conference with an assistant to discuss areas for improvement. This would be considered in-direct supervision because it does not occur during actual client contact.
7. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:
- Email updates - Sign up for email updates to receive notices about rules, the law, fees, examination requirements, meetings and more. Email updates are the best way for you to stay informed.
- Meetings - TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.
- Facebook and Twitter - TDLR has a Facebook page and Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.
8. Why was my license expiration date extended? Will I have the same expiration date in the future?
To ease the transition, DSHS extended the expiration date by two months for licenses previously set to expire in August, September, and October 2016. For example, if your original expiration date was September 30, your new expiration date is November 30. If your license was extended, you will continue to renew your license in the new expiration month in the future.
9. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?
You will renew on the same schedule unless your license expired in August, September or October 2016. Licenses expiring in those months were extended for two months to ease the transition from DSHS to TDLR. If your license was extended, you will now renew in your new expiration month for future renewals. Your license expiration date will not return to your original expiration month.
10. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which transferred several licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR.
On October 14, 2015, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation voted unanimously to appoint eight members to the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board:
- Public Member: Emanuel Bodner, Houston, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2021.
- Speech-Language Pathologist: Patricia Brannon, San Antonio, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2017.
- Speech-Language Pathologist: Cheval Bryant, Sugar Land, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2019.
- Public Member - Physician: Dr. Tammy Camp, Shallowater, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2017.
- Audiologist: Robert Novak, San Antonio, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2017.
- Audiologist: Cristen Plummer, Round Rock, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2019.
- Speech-Language Pathologist: Sherry Sancibrian (Presiding Officer), Lubbock, Texas. Term expires 9/1/2021.
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