Legislative News

Here is some great news from our Legislative Committee!

Updates to SLPA rule changes. Check it out here

The public hearing (via Zoom) for the proposed SLPA rule changes was June 1, 2020 at 9 am. Comments will be accepted until June 11, 2020. The links below contain info about the rulemaking process as well as a draft of the proposed changes:

https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/speech_audiology_hearing_aid/pub/slp_assistant_proposed_rules.pdf

New Law Takes Effect September 19, 2019

Public Law Chapter 503 (LD1746, Part E) An Act To Amend the Licensing Laws of Certain Professions and Occupations

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0580&item=8&snum=129

This bill authorizes the issuance of licenses to speech-language pathology assistant applicants who have a degree higher than an associate degree and exempts temporary licensees, speech-language pathology assistants and trainee licensees from continuing education requirements at the time of license renewal. Please read the full text of the bill here.

Hearing on LD 1984, An Act To Eliminate Waiting Lists for Home and Community-based Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, Brain Injury, and Other Related Conditions 
 
The hearing began late in the day and was still going when I left Augusta at 5:30.  At least two dozen people had lined up to testify.  Many were the parents of adults with autism or intellectual disabilities that had compelling stories.  Several talked about how their kids had begun to regress once they had finished school or had become adults.  Twenty-three pieces of written testimony were submitted and can be viewed here:  http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?LD=1984&snum=129#
 
A work session hasn't been announced yet, and there is no fiscal note for the bill yet.  Gov. Mills has proposed ending one of the waiting lists (not sure for which services) and someone estimated that to do away with the four waiting lists for all services would cost about $200 million. Bob Howe our representative that monitors the legislature will cover the work session when it's announced.

PDPM was implemented on October 1, 2019. Need more resources from ASHA? Click here.