Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist With Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response

On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey. Read More >>

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Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists: One Year Update

In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, transferring the Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists program from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR).

The program transfer took place in October 2016. As part of our mission to deliver improved services at a lower cost to Texans, TDLR reduced the following fees for the Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists program:

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists DSHS Fee TDLR Fee $ Reduced % Reduced
Jurisprudence Exam $39 $34 $5 13%
License Verification Fee $10 $0 $10 100%
Criminal History Evaluation Fee $50 $25 $25 50%
Reinstatement Fee $100 $0 $100 100%

 

We’ve also reduced processing and administrative fees for each online transaction. Thanks to these reductions, Texas Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists kept $71,191.00 in their pockets in their first year at TDLR. (October 2016 – September 2017)

In addition, TDLR reduced the word count in the Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists program administrative rules to make them clear, concise, and easier to read--without impacting their effectiveness:

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists DSHS Rules TDLR Rules Word Difference % Reduced
Administrative Rules Word Count 35,772 25,536 10,236 29%

At TDLR, one of our core values is open and free communication. During this first year, the 7,669 Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists program email subscribers were contacted 12 times (92,028 emails delivered) so that we could share information about meetings, rule changes, licensing, and more. And beginning in November 2015, all interested parties have been invited to six public meetings of the Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists Advisory Board.

TDLR is delivering on our promise to promote transparency and accountability, protect the health and safety of all Texans, and eliminate unnecessary barriers to doing business.  We look forward to serving you for many years to come, and always appreciate any feedback at: cs.speech@tdlr.texas.gov.

Notice of Vacancy on Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board

TDLR announces a vacancy on the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 401. The purpose of the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the Department on technical matters relevant to the administration of this chapter. This announcement is for a speech-language pathologist.

The Board consists of the following nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission), with the approval of the Commission:

(1) three audiologists;

(2) three speech-language pathologists; and

(3) three members who represent the public.

Advisory board members must:

(1) be from the various geographic regions of the state; and

(2) be from varying employment settings.

The advisory board members appointed under subsections (a)(1) and (2) must:

(a) have been engaged in teaching, research, or providing services in speech-language pathology or audiology for at least five years; and

(b) be licensed under this chapter.

One of the public members must be a physician licensed in this state and certified in otolaryngology or pediatrics.

Members are appointed for staggered six-year terms. The terms of three members expire September 1 of each odd-numbered year.
Interested persons should submit an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.

The Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board met June 30 in Austin. The agenda and staff report are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

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Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist With Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response

On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey. Read More

The suspension allows a healthcare provider who holds a license, certificate, or other permit issued by another state jurisdiction satisfying qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills to render aid in this state to meet an emergency or disaster.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

For the healthcare provider types listed below, a healthcare facility must submit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number to: Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov

TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Dietitians
  • Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
  • Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
  • Midwives
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Podiatrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

If you have questions or need assistance, please call (800) 803-9202 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CDT or email Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov.

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.


Advisory Board Meetings

November 15, 2017 Meeting

The Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board is scheduled to meet Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 125E, in Austin. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online. The meeting will be broadcast on TDLR's YouTube channel.


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. I was fingerprinted for my DSHS license. Do I have to be fingerprinted again?
No, you do not need to be fingerprinted again.

5. Did the supervision requirements for Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistants change?
The new TDLR rule on the supervision of Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistants 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - Send an e-mail to cs.speech@tdlr.texas.gov or call (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599.