Legislative News

Here is some great news from our Legislative Committee!

On Friday, March 5, the Education Committee of the Maine Legislature met to hear a report from CDS as well as to hear from the Advisory Committee of the CDS Transition Task Force. The first session was the DOE Commissioner talking about vaccinations for teachers; the second session is from CDS B-2 and CDS 3-5 Dept. Heads discussing the current issues at CDS and moving forward; and the last session is the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of the CDS Transition Task Force explaining the final recommendations to the Education Committee of the Maine Legislature re: the CDS Transition.
Click here to view the 4 hour YouTube recording of the sessions.
PDPM was implemented on October 1, 2019. Need more resources from ASHA? Click here.

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.