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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology

Official Board Minutes for November 21, 2013

Teleconference

MEMBERS PRESENT  

Brittany Schmidt, President

Jane Heinemeyer, Vice-President

Shirley Hauge, Member

Kristin Gohn, Member

Connie Tucker, Lay Member

 

MEMBERS ABSENT   

None

OTHERS PRESENT

Carol Tellinghuisen, Executive Secretary

Paula Spargur, Executive Assistant

Ann Mines, Assistant Attorney General

Alicia Schoenhard, Department of Education

                                                                                                                                                          

President Schmidt called the meeting to order at 8:35 AM MT.

CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA:  Brittany requested we table the discussion on the 2013 NCSB conference until the next meeting.

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:  Hauge moved and Gohn seconded to approve the minutes from September 9, 2013.  Motion carried by unanimous vote.

 

FY FINANCIAL UPDATE:  Spargur reported fiscal year to date figures as of September 30, 2013:  year to date revenue of $106,650.00; expenditures of $8,266.71 and cash balance of 72,937.55.  Gohn moved and Tucker seconded to approve the financials.  Motion carried by unanimous vote.  The Board asked for the numbers in each category that have become licensed.  The board office will email these numbers to the board members.

 

LICENSURE QUESTIONS: Schoenhard provided information on the Department of Education rewriting the rules regarding the Department of Education (DOE) certificate.  The DOE certificate will not be available for anyone new applying, however those that hold a current certificate will be able to renew.  Schoenhard will provide the board a copy of the draft legislation.

 

The Board addressed questions that had been emailed to the board office.  There was a concern regarding the three years of experience an SLP must have in order to provide supervision to an SLPA.  What if the person left their position and there wasn’t a replacement with adequate experience to fill their position? The Board discussed alternative solutions to this but agreed that the three years experience provides the best protection of the public.  

 

Another question was regarding if an SLPA needs to have a supervisor in place prior to becoming licensed.  The applicant can obtain licensure, however per 20:79:04:05 the SLPA must have a supervisor and the forms submitted to the Board before the SLPA practices.   

 

LICENSURE EXCEPTIONS:    

Applicant 2013-1:  The Board received a request to allow an exception of an applicant to become licensed as a Limited licensed SLP since they previously held a DOE certificate but had allowed it to lapse.  Per the Board’s legal counsel SDCL 36-37-4 does not allow for any exceptions.  A person must hold a speech-language pathologist certificate from the Department of Education as of July 1, 2012 and there is not a statute that allows for deviation. 

 

Applicant 2013-2:  The Board received a request to allow an exception of any applicant to become licensed as a Limited licensed SLP since when they moved to South Dakota the certificate was no longer available.  Per the Board’s legal counsel SDCL 36-37-4 does not allow for any exceptions.  A person must hold a speech-language pathologist certificate from the Department of Education as of July 1, 2012 and there is not a statute that allows for deviation. 

Applicant 2013-3:  The Board reviewed an applicant in which we had questions regarding ASHA certification, after review of the application materials the board voted to approve applicant for licensure. 

 

SCHEDULE NEXT MEETING: The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for January 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM CT/8:30 AM MT.  Gohn moved and Hauge seconded to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried by unanimous vote. Meeting adjourned at 9:56 AM MT.