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01 Jul 2008 11:00 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

Summer 2008

President's Message

By: Karen Goltz Stein

Summer is here, and I hope that you all are enjoying the beautiful weather! I also hope that everyone is thinking about the fall and planning to attend the 21st Annual NCSB Conference. Our conference chair and NCSB President-Elect, Bob Oyler, has been working hard coordinating not only the program to be presented October 16-18 but also the entertainment. This year, in addition to a dynamic program featuring such topics as generational issues and the disciplinary process as well as a live demonstration on how to query and report to the HIP Data Bank, Bob has planned two great nights of entertainment! Thursday and Friday night you are invited to attend receptions hosted by AAA and ASHA. I know that I am looking forward to touring ASHA's new national office building with all of its environmentally friendly features and AAA's new beautiful "home" on Capitol Hill. Both of these national organizations have graciously offered to provide transportation, drinks and hors d'ouevres for all of our NCSB conference attendees. In addition, Tyson's Corner, our conference location, offers wonderful shopping, entertainment and food. It is the largest shopping center in the Washington D.C. area and the sixth largest in the country.

On March 15th NCSB met not only to plan this year's conference but also to discuss long range planning. The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that a strategic plan should be developed for NCSB. Lisa O'Connor, board member, suggested that Fred Spahr, former ASHA CEO, be contacted to determine if he would lead Board members in a strategic planning session since he had successfully done so with other groups in the past. Lisa contacted him, and he has graciously agreed to meet with board members during a work session that will take place immediately following this year's conference. All Board members are optimistic that the development of a strategic plan for NCSB will help to clearly establish realistic goals and objectives consistent with our mission. The result should also ensure that the most effective use is made of the organization's resources by focusing on key priorities. Finally, strategic planning will provide a base from which progress can be measured and will aid in establishing a mechanism for informed change when needed.

In our Spring Newsletter I urged each state Board to please consider either renewing their membership or becoming a new member of NCSB. Individual membership renewal letters have also already been sent out. If you are from a state that is thinking about membership, please consider it seriously. NCSB is the only organization that is devoted to supporting the work of licensing boards in our two professions. So please, come to the NCSB fall conference in October and celebrate Professional Licensure 2008: A Capitol Event with your fellow state board members! I guarantee that you will learn new things, benefit from the time spent networking with board members from other states, as well as enjoy the hosted receptions and the attractions of beautiful Washington, D.C and Tyson's Corner. I look forward to seeing you there.


Twenty-First Annual NCSB Conference

October 16-18, 2008
Vienna, Virginia

"PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE 2008: A CAPITAL EVENT" Registration brochures announcing the 21st annual NCSB Conference have been mailed. If you or your state board did not receive one of the brochures, a registration form and hotel information are included in this newsletter. As in past years, a pre-conference workshop on Training for Board Members will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2008, and the one and one-half day conference will follow on October 17 and 18. NCSB invites boards to participate in both the board training and the conference. Following is a synopsis of the pre-conference activity and the conference.

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Pre-Conference Workshop-"Training for Board Members"
Conducted by NCSB Board of Directors Designed for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, board administrators, board attorneys, and all others involved in the regulatory process, the training will focus on all aspects of board service. Participants are invited to bring a copy of their state law and rules/regulations. Highlight of the training include:

  • Board attorney with experience in administrative law will discuss statutory authority, including rulemaking and the disciplinary process.
  • Mock disciplinary hearing will trace the process from the initial letter of complaint through testimony of witnesses to imposition of sanctions. Attendees will serve as the hearing panel and will learn how to report violations and sanctions to the HIPDB.
  • Ethical situations and dilemmas will be utilized to provide experience in receiving, reviewing, and resolving complaints.
  • Reference manual containing characteristics of state licensure laws, samples of model legislation and state licensing laws, and examples of licensure board exams will be provided.

Reception at AAA Capitol Hill Office, DC

Friday, October 17, 2008
9:00 - 10:30: Generational Issues and the Disciplinary Process-Donna Mooney, NC Board of Nursing

  • How do generational influences related to traditionalists, boomers, gen xers, and millennium individuals impact the approach taken regarding discipline by boards?
  • How can boards utilize different approaches and still protect the public?

10:45 - 12:00: HIPDB Updates: What Licensure Boards Need to Know-Shari Campbell, Division of Practitioner Data Banks

  • What is the role of the HIPDB in fighting fraud and patient abuse?
  • What recent changes have occurred with respect to reporting?

1:30 - 3:00: Administrative Challenges: Who Does What to Whom? Annemarie Del Mugnaio (CA), Jolie Jones (LA), Gwen Wheatley (MD)

  • How do administrators deal with difficult licensees and interface with board members?
  • How do administrators query the HIPDB (live demonstration)

3:15 - 4:45: Roundtable Discussions on Great Ideas (Select two topics and rotate after 45 minutes)

  • Board publications and communication
  • Dealing with unlicensed practice
  • Creative discipline: making the punishment fit the crime
  • Regulation of telepractice

Reception at ASHA National Office, Rockville
Saturday, October 18, 2008
8:30 - 10:00: State Information Exchange

  • What boards are revising laws and/or rules and regulations?
  • What are the successes and challenges experienced by each board?

10:15 - 11:15: Critical Shortages of Personnel: Implications for Licensure
Annemarie Del Mugnaio (CA), Lisa O'Connor (CA)

  • What are current emerging credentialing issues?
  • How are boards reviewing credentials for international applicants?

11:15 - 12:00: Regulatory Boards as Visionaries: The Canadian Experience
David Hodgson, CASLPO Registrar/CEO

  • What issues lie ahead for regulatory boards?
  • How can boards adequately prepare for these issues?

12:00: Board of Directors Meeting



NCSB 21st Annual Conference Registration

Name _____________Work Phone __________

FAX________________ e-mail_______________

Address_________________________________ Bd. Represented ________

conference fee (Includes continental breakfast and lunch on Friday, refreshment breaks)

_______Individual from National Council member state..$295.00

_______Two or more individuals from NCSB member state (fee per person)..$250.00

_______Individual from non-member state..$395.00

_______Exhibitor (includes one conference registration)..$450.00

pre-conference workshop (Includes lunch, refreshment break, and NCSB Reference Manual)

_______Training for Board Members .............................$195.00

Total Enclosed..........................................................._________

______Check here if you plan to attend the Thursday evening Reception at AAA's Capitol Hill Office (transportation, drinks and hors d'ouevres provided).

______Check here if you plan to attend the Friday evening Reception at the ASHA National Office (transportation, drinks and hors d'ouevres provided).

______Check here if you have special dietary needs. (Enclose explanation with registration form.)

______Check here if you have a disability requiring assistance for participation in this workshop. (You will be contacted.)


NOTE: Registration cannot be refunded after October 1, 2008.


Kenneth Gist
P. O. Box 326
Wellsburg, WV 26070

P: (304) 737-2395



Hotel Information

Tysons Corner Marriott
8028 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, Virginia 22182

(800) 228-9290 (703) 734-3200
Rate--$115.00 per night (plus tax) Single/Double/Triple

To obtain the conference rate, hotel reservations must be made by September 24, 2008. Please indicate that you are with NCSB.



Complaints Received by Licensure Boards

NCSB is compiling information regarding the type and number of complaints received by licensure boards. Please send a brief summary to the editor at, and the information will be published in the next edition of the newsletter.

Louisiana-Fiscal Year 2007-08

  • Advertising (2)  
  • Competency & Practice issues (1)
  • Misdiagnosis (1)
  • Misrepresentation of credentials (1)
  • Practicing while impaired (1)
  • Unprofessional Conduct (2) 
  • Working without a license prior to or after grace period (1)

Louisiana-Fiscal Year 2006-07

  • Breach of confidentiality (1)
  • Credentials (1) 
  • Falsification of supervision documentation (2)
  • Falsifying documents (1)
  • Hearing aid billing issue (1)
  • Incomplete/inadequate documentation/billing (1)
  • Misrepresentation of Unprofessional conduct (3)
  • Supervision issues (1)
  • University discrimination re: a disability (1)
  • Working without a license prior to or after grace period (3)



NCSB Elections in Progress

The official ballot for NCSB elections has been sent to member boards. The election is being conducted to fill the position of President-Elect and to fill three positions on the Board of Directors. Nominees include:

President-Elect: Lisa O'Connor (CA)

Board of Directors (3 to be elected):

Annemarie Del Mugnaio (CA)

Larry Molt (AL)

Lori Smith (GA)

Theresa Rodgers (LA)

Election results will be announced during the Corporate meeting at the conference in Vienna, Virginia.



NCSB to Present Poster Session at ASHA

A poster session entitled "Professional Licensure & All That Jazz" will be presented at the ASHA Convention in Chicago on Thursday, November 20, 2008, from 10:00-11:30 AM in Hall F2 of McCormick Place West. The poster session will utilize maps to depict characteristics of state licensure, including the areas of hearing aid dispensing, support personnel, exemption-free licensure, and continuing education. Handouts containing statistics for each of the aforementioned areas, as well as web site addresses for all licensing boards, will be made available to those viewing the poster session. NCSB invites all those interested in regulation to attend the poster session and compare licensure trends from state to state.



2009 NCSB Conference to be Held in New Orleans

The 2009 NCSB Conference will be held in New Orleans from September 9-12, 2009, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. Make plans to attend the conference and experience the flavor of New Orleans. Please note that the 2009 conference is being held a month earlier than in the past.



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