The Newsletter of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
MSHA Conference Early Bird Deadline March 1
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP
Get your MSHA Conference Registrations to the MSHA Office by March 1 to get the
Early Bird Discount of 25%
See article below - all the info you need to register is here or online at www.michiganspeechhearing.org
See you at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, March 21-23, 2013!
2012-2013 MSHA Executive Board and Advisory Assembly
MSHA Executive Board:
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Spring is Coming Soon
This is the newsletter of the:
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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: March 26-28, 2015 The Radisson Hotel and Lansing Center, Lansing
MSHF News & Silent Auction Reminder
Anitta Orr, M.A., CCC-SLP
The MSHFoundation is proud to acknowledge the presentation of scholarship awards to the following students:
Jessica Babcock and Krista Dornbos, Central Michigan University
Melissa Krieg, Kellie Krefft, Eastern Michigan University
Kailey A. Filush, Julie K. Fain, Michigan State University
Daniel M. Skog, Charles B. Pudrith, Western Michigan University
Samantha Crow, Wayne State University
These students will be acknowledged at the MSHA Awards Banquet Luncheon on Friday, March 22, during the MSHA Conference. Also during that luncheon, MSHA will present the 2 graduate scholarship awards which are sponsored by Linda Bowers and Rosemary Huisingh, Co-Founders and Co-Owners of Linguisystems. Also presented at the MSHA Conference will be the Student Poster Session Award sponsored by Psi Iota Xi.
In an attempt to keep the MSHF funded and utilized by the MSHA members we continue to seek funding support. Your generous tax-deductible contributions will allow the continued support of the goals of the foundation as outlined in the charter. In addition, we will also be able to expand our donations to include scholarships for speech and language clients that need additional materials, private therapy no longer covered by insurance or assistance with the purchase of prosthetic equipment.
The members of the MSHFoundation are: Heather Balog, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Ellen Fairbrother, M.A., CCC-SLP; Sandra Glista, M.S., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow; Dawn Kutney, B.A.; Richard Merson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Anitta Orr, M.A.; Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A; and Judy Silverman, M.A., CCC-SLP. Thanks to our newly-elected member Derek Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.
Please feel free to contact any of the above members at the MSHA Conference to make your generous contribution.
Don't forget we've got some excellent items to bid on during the Silent Auction at the 2013 MSHA Annual Conference!
● a 2 BR condo with full kitchen and laundry on the beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for August 17 through 24, (valued at $1700);
● a 2 BR condo on the beach at Cocoa Beach, Florida, week to be arranged, (valued at $1200).
Come and have some fun! Bid on an array of wonderful items donated from university programs, companies, and individuals. If you wish to donate items for the auction, please contact Liz Stevens at: firstname.lastname@example.org Donors will receive an acknowledgement as a tax-deductible contribution. All items are welcome. See you at the auction!! Can’t wait!
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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 July through September, 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.)
Lisa Bardach, M.S., CCC-SLP, Communicating Solutions, Ann Arbor
Top Ten Reasons to Join MSHA
Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Top Ten Reasons to Join MSHA
10) Since you don’t live in Hawaii, Michigan will do.
9) Where else can you find a Rick Merson?
8) Licensure, licensure, licensure.
7) Lansing needs our guidance.
6) That is one heck of a conference!
5) Solidarity Forever!
4) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
3) Networking galore.
2) Amazing MSHA members!
And the number one reason to join MSHA?
1) Rick Merson!?!
Really folks, if you are in the professions of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, you really would benefit from joining MSHA. Just ask Rick.
Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, MSHA VP for Membership
Volume 36 Number Two Winter 2013
This is the newsletter of the:
Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association
From the President
Deanna Klein, M.A., CCC-SLP
Adventures in MSHA
There’s a movie called “UP” that my husband and I just love. It’s an animated movie about an elderly, widowed man who made his living selling balloons in the park. He is regretful that he didn’t fulfill his wife’s dream adventures and when faced with having to sell his house and move into a retirement community, he attaches thousands of helium balloons to his house. His house, along with the man, a dog and an unexpected passenger float away in search of Paradise Cove - the location his wife always dreamed of living. OK…it may not have gotten an Academy Award (actually it did get an Academy Award!) but it IS a great movie. It’s a movie about living life and having adventures.
MSHA Annual Conference 2013: Feed Your Passion: Knowledge, Networking & Resources
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A, CCC-SLP
Registrations are rolling in for the MSHA Annual Conference. The deadline to receive the Early Bird discount of 25% is March 1, 2013. MSHA members should have received all the conference information and registration forms in the January et cetera. Click here to view the Conference Program and click here to get the materials.
Congratulations to the 2013-2014 MSHA Executive Board
Congratulations and many thanks to the following individuals who have been elected to the 2013-2014 MSHA Executive Board! The term for this Executive Board begins March 23, 2013 - the last day of the MSHA Conference. Newly elected members are:
Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP
Beth Economou, M.A., CCC-SLP
Emmy Lou Garza-Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP-Elect for Professional Development & Education
Angelique Boerst, M.A., CCC-A
VP for Audiology Services
Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
VP for Membership
Carolyn Doty, M.A., CCC-SLP
VP for SLP/Healthcare
Sherry Riedel, M.A., CCC-SLP
They join the remaining Executive Board members, whose terms will be up soon or in 2014:
Heather Balog, Ph.D, CCC-SLP President-Elect
Deanna Klein, M.A, CCC-SLP President
Richard Merson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Past-President
Terry Lange-Winkel, M.A., CCC-SLP VP for Programs
Melissa Witsil, M.A., CCC-SLP VP for Public Relations
Ellen Gehl, M.A., CCC-SLP VP for Public Schools
Lindsey Halpin, M.S., CCC-SLP VP for Public Schools
Thanks also to the MSHA Advisory Assembly:
Rosalyn Davis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Cary Cekola, M.A., CCC-SLP
Mary Peterson, Au.D., CCC-A,
Ethics and Standards
Sarah Pray, M.A., CCC-SLP
Julie Kiefer Eaman, 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
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Public School Committee Notes
Ellen Gehl, M.A., CCC-SLP
We hope to see you at the MSHA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Feed Your Passion: Knowledge, Networking and Resources. In keeping with this theme, the Public School Forum Luncheon will feature a Panel Discussion consisting of the following participants: Janet Deppe, M.A., CCC-SLP, Director State Advocacy, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); Katie Strong, M.A., CCC-SLP, Graduate Program Director, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University; Lindsey Halpin M.S., CCC-SLP, Heartland Diversified Schools and Co-Vice President for Public Schools, MSHA; and Ellen Gehl, M.A., CCC-SLP, Ingham Intermediate School District and Co-Vice President for Public Schools, MSHA. We plan to cover such topics as: licensure, caseload, supervision of interns, and advocacy.
Please submit any questions that you would like addressed to Ellen Gehl at email@example.com by March 8. There will also be an opportunity to submit questions at the luncheon.
Looking forward to seeing at The Henry.
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MSHA Day at the Capitol May 9, 2013
Julie Pratt, M.S., CCC-SLP
MSHA will host a "Day at the Capitol" for its members on Thursday, May 9, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, at the beautiful State Capitol of Michigan in downtown Lansing. Please join us for a breakfast gathering and a chance to meet and greet legislators and remind them who we are and what we do! Led by our MSHA Lobbyist Stephanie Johnson of Capitol Services, and joined by members of the 2013-2014 MSHA Executive Board, we urge all our members to consider joining us for this festive, empowering, and important event. More details will be forthcoming as we plan the morning including an opportunity to earn .1 CEU. Contact the MSHA Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517/332-5691 if you're interested in coming and we'll put you on our list of attendees.
We continue to get calls and questions about the SLP license process. The Application is online and we urge you to get licensed as soon as you can. The deadline is December 7, 2013. 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 recently. 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
● Licensure went into place December 7, 2011.
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.
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.
5. ASHA CCCs
● 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.
The above information was 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 email@example.com
Important ASHA News
ASHA Alerts on Loan Forgiveness for SLPS
On Thursday, February 14, 2013, Representative Bruce Braley (D-IA) introduced H.R. 702, the Access to Frontline Health Care Act. ASHA supported the introduction of H.R. 702, which will establish a loan repayment program through the U.S. Public Health Service Corps for health care professionals, including speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists, who agree to work for 2 years in a “scarcity area” as designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national employment rate for both SLPs and audiologists is expected to demonstrate “faster than average” growth through the year 2020. The Bureau estimated that from 2010–2020, approximately 28,800 more SLPs would be needed to meet the demands. Additionally, the demand for audiologists is expected to grow by 37%, that’s an estimated 4,800 new jobs being created over the next 7 years.
ASHA conducted its 2011 SLP Health Care Survey to gather information about professional issues related to health care-based services. The survey found more openings were reported in rural areas compared with those in suburban and metropolitan/urban areas. In a similar survey, audiologists also reported more openings in rural areas. The Access to Frontline Health Care Act would specifically address these issues of SLP and audiology shortages.
H.R. 702 was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. Please Take Action and ask your congressional representative to cosponsor the legislation. For questions about the Access to Frontline Health Care Act, please contact Neil Snyder, ASHA’s director of federal advocacy, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5614.
Dear Rep. XXX
As a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the professional association representing over 150,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists and speech-language pathologists, I am requesting that you cosponsor H.R. 702, the Access to Frontline Health Care Act, introduced by Representative Bruce Braley. This legislation will help establish a loan repayment program through the U.S. Public Health Service Corps for health care professionals, including speech-language pathologists and audiologists, who agree to work for 2 years in a “scarcity area” as designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national employment rate for both speech-language pathologists and audiologists is expected to demonstrate “faster than average” growth through the year 2020. The Bureau estimated that from 2010–2020, approximately 28,800 more SLPs would be needed to meet the demands. Additionally, the demand for audiologists is expected to grow by 37%, that’s an estimated 4,800 new jobs being created over the next 7 years.
As the growing demand for speech-language pathologists and audiologists arise, we are seeing geographical and regional shortages of providers throughout the United States. ASHA conducted its 2011 Speech-Language Pathologist Health Care Survey to gather information about professional issues related to health care-based services. The survey found more openings were reported in rural areas compared with those in suburban and metropolitan/urban areas. In a similar survey, audiologists also reported more openings in rural areas. The Access to Frontline Health Care Act would specifically address these issues of SLP and audiology shortages.
The Access to Frontline Health Care Act will ensure that patients will have access to the services they require while allowing providers to participate in loan repayment programs; thereby, rewarding legislation for all that are involved. H.R. 702 is currently referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration, I strongly urge you to cosponsor and support this legislation. Thank you for your consideration.
ASHA Action Alert: Medicare Therapy Cap Repeal Legislation Introduced In Congress
The House of Representatives along with the Senate have introduced legislation (H.R. 713/S. 367) to repeal the Medicare outpatient therapy caps. This legislation would create an outright repeal of the Medicare cap on outpatient rehabilitation therapy services. Please contact your members of Congress today and ask them to cosponsor this important legislation, which would ensure patients are not denied vital coverage for much needed therapy services.
For more information on this issue, please view ASHA’s issue brief on the Medicare Outpatient Therapy Cap or contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA’s director of federal and political advocacy, at email@example.com with questions.
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