Fall 2012
The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2012-2013 MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly

MSHA Executive Board:

Deanna Klein, M.A., CCC-SLP
Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP 
Richard M. Merson, Ph. D., CCC-SLP
Maureen Staskowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Sherry Riedel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP For Advocacy:
Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP
VP for Audiology Services:
Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
VP for Membership:
Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
VP for Professional Development and Education:
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP-Elect for Professional Development and Education:
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for Public Relations:
Melissa Witsil, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Healthcare:
Bev Jaynes, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Public Schools:
Ellen Gehl, M.A., CCC-SLP and
Lindsey Halpin, M.S., CCC-SLP

MSHA Advisory Assembly

Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
Communications and Networking:
Continuing Education:
Rosalyn Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Ethics and Standards:
Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP and
Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A
Student Affairs:
Sarah Pray, M.A., CCC-SLP
Theresa Sutton, M.A., CCC-SLP
Jonathan Moyle, M.A., CCC-SLP
Laura Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Rachel Denis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Member-at-Large Representing Students:
Max Corning

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Autumn in Michigan

This is the newsletter of the:

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Dawn Kutney, Editor
790 W. Lake Lansing Rd.
Suite 500-A
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
email address: msha@att.net
Website: www.michiganspeechhearing.org


Still Time to Register for Fall Conference

Bev Jaynes, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA VP for SLP Healthcare

You Don't Have to Know Everything to Do Something: Using Mobile Technology in the Treatment of Adults and Children

    There is still time to register for the  Health Care Services Committee Fall Conference, held Thursday evening November 1, 2012,  4:00 - 7:30 pm, at Beaumont Health System, Main Campus, in the Auditorium, Royal Oak, Michigan. You Don't Have to Know Everything to Do Something featuring speakers Lisa G. Bardach, M.S., CCC-SLP, Communicating Solutions LLC, and Patricia Nizio, M.A., CCC-SLP, Children's Hospital of Michigan, on the topic of using mobile devices with pediatric and adult clients. .3 CEUs are available, and the cost is $40 for MSHA members and $55 for non-MSHA members.  Deadline to register is October 25, 2012.  The event listing and registration instructions for this conference are online at www.michiganspeechearing.org

       In Other News from the Health Care Services Committee...    

   Please note that the next Healthcare Committee meeting is Wednesday, October 3, at the home of Julie Kiefer Eaman; and on Saturday, December 8, at the home of Karen Al Saadi.  Contact the MSHA Office for more information.

  The ASHA website has updates on Medicare Part B  Provider changes going intoi effect October 2012.  Go to:  www.asha.org/Practice/reimbursement/medicare/Manuel-Medical-Review-Process-for-Therapy-Claims/

    A caveat to all: continue to monitor what our legislators are supporting or opposing. Regardless of the issue, the buzz is we should be vigilant as the lame duck session (post Nov’s election) is when the push to pass a lot of unpopular legislation may occur. 

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MSHA Student Scholarships Available for 2013

Elaine Ledwon-Robinson, M.S., CCC-SLP

   This year MSHA will award two (2)  $500.00 scholarships to MSHA graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the 2013 MSHA Annual Conference, March 21-23, 2013, at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.  These scholarships are supported by LinguiSystems'  (the nationally renowned publisher) co-founders Linda Bowers and Rosemary Huisingh.  We are grateful for their commitment and for the example they set with this support.

   In addition, Psi Iota Xi, the Michigan Association of the national philanthropic organization dedicated to helping others, with particular support of the speech and hearing professions, will sponsor one award of $250 which will be presented to the best Student Poster Session” submission at the MSHA Conference. The MSHA Student Affairs Advisory Committee will conduct the selection process.

   Follow this link to the MSHA Student Scholarship Application Form or contact the MSHA office at msha@att.net for more information.

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In Memoriam

Linda Lou Smith, Ph.D., CCC-A, passed away on August 19, 2012.  Linda Lou was a MSHA Life Member, recipient of Honors of the Association (1984), and MSHA President in 1979.  She was a former Professor of Audiology at Michigan State University, where she began in 1973 and became assistant chairperson of the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences (now Communicative Sciences and Disorders).  She also served as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate students for the college for several years.  In addition to her work in the college, Linda Lou served as acting registrar of MSU from 1991-1999 and was an active member on the Faculty Liaison Group to the Board of Trustees.  College of Communication Arts & Sciences Dean Pamela Whitten said in an email "We are deeply saddened and want her former students and colleagues, family and friends to know that her leadership and academic achievment helped build one of the most highly regarded communciation education and research institutions in the world today."  Linda Lou Smith had retired to Atlanta, Georgia, where she died at the age of 66.  Her family had asked for any condolences to go to the Dept. of Communicative Sciences and Disorders which can be found online at www.givingto.msu.edu/LindaLouSmith  MSHA extends its condolences to Linda's family, friends and colleagues.

Donald E. Lubbers, Ph.D., CCC-A, passed away on August 5, 2012, in Keego Harbor, Michigan.  Don was a MSHA Life Member who had retired from his position as Director of the Audiology Department at William Beaumont Hospital in 2002.  Don is survived by his children Dr. Darren Lubbers and Corine Streng, three grandchiden, and a sister Joyce Burgett.  He was preceded in death by his wife Sharyl and his brother Gordon.  MSHA extends its condolences to Don's family, friends, and colleagues.  He was a long-time MSHA member and a well respected member of the audiology profession.

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Save the Dates & Upcoming Events

MSHA Future Conferences and other Coming Events

   The Program Committee is busy planning for future MSHA Conferences. Great conference rates are available now for the future, and we also know that booking the dates and sites in advance helps MSHA members to plan for years ahead.  Mark your calendars for these future dates/sites for MSHA:

2013:  March 21-23, 2013    The Henry Hotel, Dearborn

2014:  March 27-29, 2014    Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel

2015:  Open

Here are some other important dates you may want to put on your calendars:

October 5: Cultural Diversity for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, a workshop sponsored by Wayne State University, featuring speaker Delores Battle, Ph.D., Buffalo State College, held at WSU in Bernath Auditory, Contact:  Nan Liening at wsucsd@gmail.com

October 5: 4th Annual Audiology Lecture Series, CMU, featuring speakers Frank E. Musiek, Ph.D., University of Connecticut; Chris Ingersoll, Ph.D., Dean of the Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at CMU; and and Shannon Palmer, AuD., Ph.D., Assistant Professor at CMU, Dept. of Comunication Disorders. Contact: Lorie Peters-Fox at peter31@cmich.edu or 989-774-3471.

October 12:  MSHA Executive Board/Advisory Assembly Meeting, 9:00 am - 12:00 Noon, East Lansing, Michigan. Contact: Kim Wesoloski at msha@att.net

October 12: MSHF Board meeting, 1:30 pm, Redford, Michigan. Contact: Fran Eldis at franceseldis@yahoo.com

October 18-19: Van Riper Lecture Series, Western Michigan UniversityWorking Together: Best Practices for Serving Young Children and Families through Early Intervention, featuring speakers Deborah Hwa-Froelich, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, St. Louis University, and Ryan McCreerey, Ph.D., CCC-A, Boys Town National Research Hospital, held at WMU, Kalamazoo.

October 19: SPEAK Workshop held at the Washtenaw ISD featuring guest speaker Georgia Fischer from School Health Corp and Dr. Lauren Katz from Ann Arbor's Literacy, Language, Learning Institute. Contact: Theresa Sutton at tsutton@wash.k12.mi.us

October 26: Auditory Brain Development & Classroom Acoustic Accessibility featuring speaker Dr. Carol Flexer, sponsored by Ingham ISD, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, held at the ISD in Mason, MI. 
Contact: Jennifer Kristin at jkristin@inghamisd.org

October 25-26: M.A.C. on MAC:  7th Annual Conference, featuring speakers Mike Stewart, Penny Kennedy, Bob Fifer, Bob Sweetow, Jane Madell, Don Marsh, and A. Tucker Gleason, held at the East Lansing Marriott Hotel. Contact: http://michiganaudiologycoalition.org  

November 1:  MSHA SLP HealthCare Services ConferenceYou Don't Have to Know Everything to do Something,  November 1, 2012, Beaumont Health Systems, Royal Oak, Contact: msha@att.net

November 15-17: ASHA Convention:   Atlanta, Georgia. Contact: www.asha.org

November 16: Treatment of a Child with Feeding Deficits - A Multidisciplinary Approach a workshop sponsored by Beaumont Health System, November 16, 8 am - 4 pm, at Beaumont Health Center in Royal Oak. CONTACT: Mickey Bielecki at michaelle.bielecki@beaumont.edu

December 7:  iPad Integration, a workshop sponsored by Wayne County ISD featuring speaker Sean Sweeney. Contact Theresa Sutton at tsutton@wash.k12.mi.us or register at www.wash.k12.mi.us

December 14:  MSHA Executive Board Conference Call. Contact: Kim Wesoloski at msha@att.net


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News & Notes

Dawn Kutney, MSHA

Congratulations to ASHA ACE Winners

Congratulations to the following MSHA members who received the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) during the period of January through March, 2012: (The ACE is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 CEUs (70 contact hours) within a 36-month period.)

Elwood Anderson, Private Practice, Alpena
Kim Ceasar, Detroit Public Schools
Catherine Moss-Hilbrecht, Crawford AuSable School District
Patricia Nizio, Children's Hospital of Michigan
Candyce Peterson, Grand Rapids Public Schools
Diane Zuckschwerdt, Michigan School for the Deaf

From Janet Deppe, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of State Advocacy, Government Relations and Public Policy, ASHA recently announced:

If you haven’t heard, I wanted to pass along some good news.  Michigan has become the 15th state to expand telehealth/telepractice reimbursement by prohibiting face-to-face contact in order to provide reimbursement.  Similar legislation was passed in ME, OR, CA, CO, GA, HI, NH, KY, LA, TX, OK, VA, VT and MD.  The bill number is 5408 and can be accessed here: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/publicact/pdf/2012-PA-0214.pdf

We thought this would be of interest to all MSHA members!

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Let's Go Gaga Over MSHA!

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

   It’s tLady Gagahat time again, fall, when things speed up and everyone gets busy with school, work, studies, and oh yes…. it’s time to pay our dues…  the ever so reasonable MSHA dues.  MSHA has not raised its membership dues for 19 years!  Since 1993 we have pledged to keep our dues reasonable for all the reasons that you know too well in this tough Michigan economy. Now that we have professional licensure we have an additional expense. I don’t know if it helps to tell you that we are not alone. 

   First of all every state in the country has professional licensure dues for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.  Still, it doesn’t make it any easier.  I asked a dentist friend of mine how much he pays for his professional dues and he mentioned a number around two grand.  True, they make more money than us, but still at least our license is a lot less.  Our professional license is a step in the positive direction for our profession in Michigan.  Licensure provides us with more autonomy and clout as a communication disorders professional.   It keeps us aligned with other professions such as physicians, physical therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, etc., as well as the rest of the SLPs and AUDs across the country.  While having a professional license is a positive thing, pardon my perseveration; it does not preclude you from being a MSHA member.  MSHA is your professional organization that will support and offer you educational opportunities that will find nowhere else. 

   With all the change that has occurred in our state with funding, insurance, reimbursement, budget constraints -  the one constant you can rely on is MSHA – not just our low dues but our commitment to serve you – to represent you – to fight for you!  You might go to ASHA and find similar educational seminars, but at a much greater cost.  There are so many things MSHA can do for you, and in many ways by being involved with MSHA can help you to grow also.  I truly believe that if a communication disorder professional does not belong to MSHA then they are missing out on a lot of information, professional support and a wonderful chance to meet intelligent, passionate and interesting colleagues.  Don’t let this opportunity slip away.  Maintain your MSHA membership and Go Gaga over MSHA.

   Your MSHA Dues renewal cards are in the mail now to you - remember if you pay before November 1, 2012, you save an additional $5! 

Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSHA VP for Membership

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MSHA Ethics Committee Report

Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP

   The MSHA Committee on Ethics is moving forward with Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP and Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A as co-chairs, and Katherine Rigley-Rowell, M.A., CCC-SLP and Robin Pollens, M.S., CCC-SLP rounding out the committee. We have already reviewed an ethics consult from a MSHA member, and our committee will meet in October for future planning. If you have a question related to an ethical concern in your work setting and would like some peers to assist you with: (thinking through your options and reviewing resources related to your topic of concern)….contact the committee at MSHAETHICS@gmail.com  Please also check the link on MSHA's website periodically for "hot topics" and related resources.

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Volume 35 Number Four September 2012

This is the newsletter of the:

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Dawn Kutney, Editor
790 W. Lake Lansing Rd. 
Suite 500-A
East Lansing, Michigan  48823
email address: msha@att.net
Website: www.michiganspeechhearing.org

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From the President

Deanna Klein, M.A., CCC-SLP

Life and other topics...

     I was driving down I96 on my way home from work going through a Deanna Klein, MSHA Presidentconstruction area when…BAM!  A pebble kicked up and smacked right into my windshield, scaring the living fageebies out of me! Of course, it was hot out, so the dime size “nick” began to spider out and encompass at least a third of my windshield. I quickly realized that I wouldn’t be able to take my car to the nearest parking lot with one of those free windshield repair stations …I’d have to make an appointment, probably take time from work, have to pay a deductible, etc., etc., etc.   This whole thing was NOT on my radar and I didn't have time for all of this!

   We all get ‘cracked windshields’.  It’s called life.  As speech-language pathologists and audiologists, I think it’s important to remember how the pebbles of life can spider out and affect not only those we work with but others as well.  Life altering events such as strokes, head injuries, child related disabilities and hearing loss (to mention a few of many examples) are on nobody’s radar.  It just happens.  When it does, these events not only affect the person directly afflicted but spider out and may affect others we sometimes don’t realize.  Neighbors, friends, extended family, co-workers, and classmates shouldn’t be forgotten in the recovery or therapy process.   I encourage you to do what you can to utilize education, support groups and other resources to help with ALL people that may be touched by a pebble resulting in a ‘cracked windshield’.

   Stepping off of my windshield analogy soap box, I want to encourage everyone to read the committee reports and explore the MSHA web site for updates on many important topics such as licensure for SLPs, insurance coverage updates, and our upcoming conference March 21-23, 2013:  Feed Your Passion: Knowledge, Networking and Resources. The MSHA team is here for you.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

    Deanna Klein, M.A., CCC-SLP, MSHA President

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MSHA Annual Conference 2013: Feed Your Passion: Knowledge, Networking & Resources

Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A, CCC-SLP

      Join us March 21-23, 2013 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan for the 2013 MSHA Annual Conference!   Here is the great slate of speakers and topics we have scheduled thus far:

Thursday, March 21, 2013

▲ Deborah Dixon, M.A., CCC-SLP, Director of School Services, ASHA, will present an afternoon Short Course: Contemporary Issues in Schools – PACE and Common Core, 1:00 - 4:15 pm.

Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A, University of Michigan Health System, along with members of the MSHA Audiology Committee, will present an afternoon Short Course: Interactive Discussion including Review of Hearing Screening Systems & a Technology Update, 1:00 - 4:15 pm.

Deanna Klein, M.A., CCC-SLP, Fox Run, and current MSHA President, will present:  Continuing Education 101:  Everything you Always Wanted to Know about ASHA and SB CEUs and Clinical Maintenance Hours – How to Earn Them, Document Them, and Submit Them.  This same class will be offered on Saturday as well. 4:45 – 6:15 pm.

▲ Dr. Antonio Ysunza, M.D., Ph.D., University of Mexico, and Hospital General Dr. Gea Gonzalez, Mexico City, currently at Beaumont Hospital, will present:  Current Concepts in the Diagnosis and Management of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction in Children and Adults, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

▲ Jacqueline Kaufman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, will present on the topic:  Neuro Assessment and Treatment Strategies for School-Aged Students and Adolescents with Learning Disabilities, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Welcome Reception, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.  Hot hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Everyone welcome!

Friday, March 22, 2013

▲ Emily Rubin,  M.S., CCC-SLP, Director, Communication Crossroads, Carmel, California, will present two Short Courses: Morning: Addressing Social Competence in Children & Adolescents with ASD at Presymbolic & Emerging Language Stages; and in the AfternoonAddressing Social Competence in Children & Adolescents with ASD at Conversational Language Stages. Ideally participants will attend both sessions sequentially, but if a participant chooses to attend one or the other, that is fine too.

Kathleen Roeder, M.A., CCC-SLP, Wm. Beaumont Hospital,  Karen KurczM.A., CCC-SLP, University of Michigan Health System, and a Geriatric Nutritionist will present  Friday morning sessions on the topics of dysphagia, care for the elderly patient with dysphagia, and end-of-life issues.

▲ Keynote Speaker at the MSHA Awards Banquet  to be announced!  Presentation of MSHA Honors and Awards, Public School Program of the Year Award,  and the MSHA Student Scholarship Award Recipients will be presented at this luncheon.

▲ RhonnaShatz, D.O., former SLP, Henry Ford Hospital, will present  Friday afternoon Short Course: Primary Progressive Aphasia and Dementia.

▲ Morning and Afternoon Sessions for Undergraduate and Graduate Students to offer info about licensure, supervision, resume help, jobs, etc. Details forthcoming!  

▲ All-Day MSHF Silent Auction; and Exhibitors’ Cocktail Party and Raffle and MSHA 50/50 Raffle Friday at 6 pm. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

▲ Kittie Verdolini Abbott Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, will present two Short Courses: Morning: Pediatric Vocal Disorders and Afternoon:  Adult Vocal Disorders.

▲ Janet Patterson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Chief, Audiology and Speech Pathology Services, VA Northern California Health Care System, will present a morning Short Course:  Updates on Aphasia Treatment Including Constraint-Induced Language Treatment, as well as Additional Treatments including Evidence for Generalization and Best Practices for the Experienced Practicing SLP.

▲ Deanna Klein, M.A., CCC-SLP, Fox Run, and current MSHA President, will present: Continuing Education 101:  Everything you Always Wanted to Know about ASHA and SB CEUs and Clinical Maintenance Hours – How to Earn Them, Document Them, and Submit Them.  This same class will be offered on Thursday as well. 

▲ Janet Deppe, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director, State Advocacy, Government Relations and Public Policy, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, will present an afternoon session on the Education, Training, Supervision, and Regulation of Support Personnel.

▲ Public School Forum Luncheon will feature a panel discussion to answer questions submitted by MSHA SLPs in the public schools concerning such topics as: licensure requirements, reimbursement, supervision, and caseload size.   The panel will include SLPs from public school and university settings.  There will be an additional Q & A opportunity.

▲ Medical SLP Forum Luncheon will feature guest speaker Jerry Johnson, M.D., Senior Medical Director, PPO and Care Management, Blue Cross BlueShield of Michigan. Dr. Johnson will address Future Reimbursement Success and Barriers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

▲ Additional Short Courses, 1 and 2 hour sessions, and Poster Sessions for both Friday and Saturday, will be offered.    The MSHA Call for Papers can be found on the MSHA website and we urge you to contribute! 

Note: This tentative program is a Work In Progress! 
Changes may occur before the March 21-23, 2013 Annual Conference

The Preliminary Program will be mailed in early January and available online. All other MSHA forms are online now including Hotel Registration Form, Volunteer Form,
Conference Registration Form and all information and forms for
Exhibitors and Advertisers

Great opportunity for CEUs.

Contact MSHA for more info at 517/332-5691 or visit our website at: www.michiganspeechhearing.org

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MAC on M.A.C.

Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A, VP for Audiology Services

   The annual Michigan Audiology Coalition (MAC) on M.A.C. meeting is just around the corner.  This collaborative meeting of MSHA and the Michigan Academy of Audiology (MAA) will take place on October 25 and 26th at the East Lansing Marriott.  Previous attendees might notice the change from a Thursday, Friday, Saturday venue to a full two day event.  This change was made in response to participant comments.  Don’t worry, the two day format is still full of great presentations and attendees can earn up to 1.4 CEU’s.  That’s almost half of what is needed to maintain your ASHA certification and more than is needed to meet the CEU requirements for state licensure!  More information, including registration and the presentation schedule can be found through the MSHA website or at www.michiganaudiologycoalition.org

Struggling with CSHCS?

   Recently a few practices have reported significant difficulties receiving payment from Childrens Special Health Care Services.  If you have experienced this type of problem or have other concerns about this program, please share your stories with MSHA.  Please help MSHA effectively advocate for our professions and our patients by sharing your experiences.  Please contact the MSHA office or Angelique Boerst boerst@umich.edu

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Public School Committee Notes

Ellen Gehl, M.A., CCC-SLP

   It is hard to believe that school has only been in session for about a month.  Summer break seems so long ago.  The changes in education and statewide initiatives certainly keep our jobs interesting.  Response to Intervention (RtI) has been changed to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).  Instead of Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) we are now focused on Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  For many of us, our performance evaluations are now at least partially based on student outcomes.  In addition to all of this, we continue to see our services being used in a wider variety of situations and settings, including MTSS.  While this certainly may stretch our schedules, the benefits can be amazing.  Using the Common Core State Standards to frame our goals and objectives helps us to be mindful of the ultimate goal: our students making progress in the general education curriculum.  Even for our students in center-based programs it keeps everyone pushing the student to achieve the most they can.

 The MSHA Annual Conference, March 21-23, 2013 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn is quickly taking shape.   We have speakers addressing the common core, pediatric voice disorders, support personnel and SLP assistants, autism spectrum disorders and many more topics.   The Public School Forum is taking shape as a panel discussion with help from you.  We ask that you submit questions/topics that you would like addressed at the forum.  We are lining up key people from public school and university settings who are knowledgeable of the rules and who are working with them every day.

   Please e-mail questions to the MSHA office at msha@att.net  Put in the subject line PSC Forum Questions.

   In this newsletter you will find two important links.  The MSHA Call for Papers is your opportunity to present at the Annual Conference.   Many of you are providing unique services that others would like to hear about.  Please consider submitting a Call for Papers.  Additionally, here is the link for Public School Program of the Year Award.  This is an opportunity to nominate someone that deserves recognition for doing exemplary work.  It is a peer-reviewed award to a program that is unique, but replicable, and uses evidence-based practices.  There are many top quality programs across the state and we are celebrating the best.

   Our next Public School Committee meeting is Saturday, October 13 at 10 a.m.  We’ll be meeting Skype, but no webcams, so it’s come as you are!  If you have questions about joining us on Skype, please contact us a MSHAPSC@yahoo.com

   Ellen Gehl, M.A., CCC-SLP and Lindsey Halpin, M.S., CCC-SLP
                  Co-Vice Presidents for Public Schools

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Licensing Applications Continue Online

Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP

 The Speech-Language Pathology license application is online and we urge you to get licensed as soon as you can.  Congratulations to all of you who are now licensed SLPs in our state!  A link to the LARA website to download the application when available is: http://www.michigan.gov/lara

   Here are some of the questions and answers we put together for the 2012 MSHA Annual Conference in March.  We wish to remind you that once you obtain your license, all SLPs in the state will be required to renew every 2 years, in September.  We have SLPs in their Clinical Fellowship Year who must be supervised by a licensed SLP.  We urge you all to get licensed as soon as possible.

State of Michigan Licensure

Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions

1. Important Dates:

● Licensure went into place December 7, 2011.

● All individuals currently working MUST be licensed by December 7, 2013.

● All individuals graduating after January 1, 2012 MUST hold an educational limited license prior to seeing any clients during their clinical fellowship.

● All individuals supervising someone in their clinical fellowship (beginning after January 2012) MUST hold full licensure (even if the fellowship is being completed prior to December 7, 2013).

2. Cost:

Initial Licensure Fees:

Initial license is good for only one year or less, and will be renewed in September of 2012 REGARDLESS of when (i.e. what month) you were granted your initial license.

Criminal Background Check: $62.50 (one-time fee).

Application fee: $20.00 (one-time fee).

1st Year license fee: $75.00

Renewal Fees:

Renewal fees are for 2 years and will always renew in September.

2 Year license fee: $150.00

Educational Limited License (Clinical Fellowship Year)

License fee: $170.00

3. Types of License:

Full Speech-Language Pathology License (by examination or endorsement)

If you have your Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs), had them and dropped them, or completed all requirements to obtain CCCs and never got them, you qualify for this license.

Limited Speech-Language Pathology License

If you have a Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in Speech-Language Impairment and do not qualify to obtain your CCCs, you qualify for this license.

You may ONLY practice in the school setting.

You may NOT supervise someone completing their clinical fellowship experience.

Educational Limited License

Those graduating after January 1, 2012 and starting their clinical fellowship experience, must apply for this license.

You MUST be supervised by a fully licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.

4. Licensure Lapse

● If your license has lapsed less than 3 years you may reapply and qualify for a license.

● If your license has lapsed for greater than 3 years, you may reapply for licensure if you re-take and pass the Praxis Examination or show that you have been licensed in a another state.

● If you have a limited license to work only in the schools and your license lapses less than 3 years, you may re-apply as long as you have employment or a contract with a school district, non-public school, or a state department that provides these services.

● If you have a limited license and your license lapses for greater than 3 years, you will have to meet the requirements for a full and unlimited license in order to renew.


● The law does not and cannot mandate that you continue to maintain your Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

● An employer, insurance company, or third party payor can however, mandate that you have your CCCs in addition to licensure.

● ASHA and MSHA encourage all professionals to continue maintaining their CCCs for many reasons.


This document is for informational use only, prepared for MSHA members at the 2012 MSHA Annual Conference. For further information contact the State of Michigan, Licensing & Regulatory Agency, at www.michigan.gov  or  bhpinfo@michigan.gov

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et cetera - Fall 2012

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