Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers and Audiologists

Official Board Meeting Minutes
April 11, 2011


Members Present:
Michael Bartley, Member
Louise French, Secretary/Treasurer
Priscilla Romkema, Lay Member
Michael Colleran, Membe

Members Absent:
Robert Reierson, President


Others Present: 
Carol Tellinghuisen, Executive Secretary
Paula Spargur, Executive Assistant   


Bartley called the meeting to order at 10:59 AM, MT.


CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA:  Colleran requested to add discussion on a letter received from Katherine Egge and a question regarding the fourth year of schooling for audiology students.  Bartley added as agenda items 8.a. and 8.b. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM January 17, 2011:  Romkema moved and Colleran seconded to approve the minutes of the January 17, 2011 meeting. Motion carried by unanimous vote. 

FINANCIAL REPORT:  Spargur reported as of February 28, 2011 year to date revenue of $12,571.07; year to date expenses of $14,194.98; and cash on hand of $47,811.53. Colleran moved and Romkema seconded to approve the financial reports.  Motion carried by unanimous vote.  

COMPLAINTS/INVESTIGATIONS UPDATE:  No complaints/investigations at this time. 

The Board discussed the information that the Board office provided on the surrounding states pass/fail rate on the IHS examination, educational requirements, training and reissuing of a provisional license.  Bartley expressed concern that we don’t have enough control over the provisional licensee during the six months prior to the exam.  If we open the law to correct this we need to review the entire law and correct and update all areas needing revision.  French reported that when she contacts Provisionally Licensed Hearing Aid Dispensers they don’t understand the seriousness of the exam nor do they realize the importance of studying the right materials.  The Board discussed requiring the IHS Home Study course prior to taking the written exam.  Spargur reported that IHS is investing more than $100,000 on a new International Licensing Exam (ILE) and moving to a Computer Based Testing (CBT) format.  Colleran recommended each board member take the law and rules and review the information and make a list of what needs to be revised so that when we meet in July we have possible changes ready to be discussed.  

Bartley moved and Colleran seconded to require T-371 to apply for Permanent licensure.  We will not be able to reissue a Provisional license.  Motion carried by unanimous vote.  

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY CONTRACT RENEWAL:  Tellinghuisen requested to renew at the current contract amount with no increase for FY 2012.  Romkema moved and French seconded to renew the contract as requested.  Motion carried by unanimous vote.  

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:  The board discussed renewing License #342H. Colleran moved and Bartley seconded to waive continuing education for 2009-2010, 2010-2011 due to proven hardship, however we will require renewal fees and late fees for both licensure periods.  Licensee will need to obtain 12 hours of continuing education for the 2011-2012 licensure period.  Motion carried by unanimous vote. 

Colleran questioned how our law addresses fourth year students coming out of Audiology programs.  SDCL 36-24-13.4 addresses this exemption:

36-24-13.4.   Student participation. Nothing in this chapter may be construed as preventing or restricting the activities and services of persons pursuing a course of study leading to a degree in speech-language pathology or audiology at a college or university if these activities and services constitute a part of a planned course of study at that institution and these persons are designated by a title such as intern, trainee, student, volunteer, occupational hearing conservationist, industrial audiometric technician, or by other such title clearly indicating the status appropriate to their level of education and these persons work under the supervision of a person licensed by the state to practice audiology.

SCHEDULE NEXT MEETING:  The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 18, 2011 at The Golden Hills Resort in Lead.  We will schedule the practical exams first then hold the business meeting.     

Romkema moved and Colleran seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried by unanimous vote. Meeting adjourned at 12:00 PM, MT.