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01 Oct 2011 11:04 AM | Robert Ranieri (Administrator)

Fall 2011


By: Virginia Berry


As the 2011 NCSB President-Elect and Conference Chair, I want to personally invite everyone to the 24th Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada to be held at Bally's Resort and Casino, October 13 – 15, 2011. As can be seen from the Conference details included in this newsletter, this year's Pre-Conference and Conference are both filled with topics significant to each state's licensure issues and regulatory concerns. This year's Conference offers both great informational sessions as well as wonderful opportunities for outstanding dining and entertainment experiences.
You will be tempted and delighted by the array of exciting dining opportunities offered by our host hotel, Bally's Resort and Casino, as well as its sister property, Paris Hotel, which is adjacent to Bally's and connected by a hallway between the two resorts. Enjoy a wide variety of delicious dining choices ranging from Thai, a traditional Las Vegas steakhouse, sushi, freshly baked French pastries, an elegant French meal in the Eiffel Tower, crepes or lunch in an authentic sidewalk French bistro. Information on each restaurant in both Bally's and the Paris Hotel will be included in your Conference packets.

In addition to great dining choices, Las Vegas has well earned its title as the entertainment capital of the country. You can enjoy a wide array of outstanding entertainment ranging from the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, Penn and Teller, Lion King, David Copperfield, Criss Angel, Jersey Boys and even Elton John. Also, you can participate in a live version of the Price is Right, an event held in the host hotel. Maybe you will be lucky and hear the magic words "Come on down"!!!

Las Vegas has definitely been transformed into a family getaway. Take advantage of the incredible NCSB room rate of $105/ night at Bally's Resort and Casino. Bring the family and extend your stay for a few days before the Conference or after. Enjoy the huge roller coaster at the New York, New York Hotel, ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower, take a gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel or be overwhelmed by the lighted fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel (this is a must see at night!!).

The 2011 NCSB Annual Conference promises to be one of the best we've had. It will be the perfect mixture of great informational sessions as well as unforgettable dining, entertainment and fun. I look forward to seeing everyone in Las Vegas. You can bet on the fact that this is one Conference you won't want to miss!!!



NCSB 24th Annual Conference Program - see below

2010 Corporate Meeting Minutes

License Portability

NCSB Poster Session at ASHA

Site for 25th Annual NCSB Conference

Proposed Bylaws Revisions





October 13 - 15, 2011 - Las Vegas, Nevada

Registration brochures announcing the 24th annual NCSB Conference have been mailed. If you or your state board did not receive one of the brochures, the 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 13, 2011, and the one and one-half day conference will follow on October 14 and 15. 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 13, Pre-Conference Workshop - Training for Board Members

8:00 - 8:30
Overview and Reference Manual Review
Glenn M. Waguespack, AUD, Louisiana

8:30 - 9:45
Statutory Authority
Ayn Stehr, Board Attorney, Louisiana

9:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:30
Statutory Authority (Continued)

11:30 - 12:45

12:45 - 2:15
Mock Disciplinary Hearing
Hearing Panel - Audience Members

2:15 - 2:30
Credentialing:  A Comparison of National Certification and Licensure -

2:30 - 2:45

2:45 - 5:00
Complaints and Consent Orders Board Dilemmas and Ethics - Waguespack

Friday, October 14

8:00 - 8:45

8:45 - 9:00
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Lawrence Molt, NCSB President
Virginia Berry, NCSB President-Elect
Susan Lloyd, AUD, Nevada
Lorraine Pokorski, Administrator, Nevada

9:00 - 10:30
Perspectives of a Consumer Member

10:30 - 10:45

10:45 - 11:30
Open Forum on Consumer Involvement and Your Board
Facilitator:  Amy Goldman, SLP, Pennsylvania

11:30 – 1:00

1:00 - 2:15
ASHA's Revised Model Bill and Its Potential Impact on Regulatory Boards
Discussion Leaders:
Lawrence Molt, AUD, Alabama
Glenn Waguesapck, AUD, Louisiana

2:15 – 3:00
Restrictions on SLP Scope of Practice Related to Instrumental Assessments
Robert Arnold, SLP, Alabama
Margaret Hemm, SLP, Alabama

3:00 – 3:15

3:15 – 4:45
State Information Exchange
Facilitator:  Gregg Givens, AUD, North Carolina
A state representative should come prepared to speak for 5-10 minutes on successes and challenges in the respective state.
Saturday, October 15

8:30 – 9:45
Regulatory Boards and the Economic Crisis
Doreen Oyadomari, Moderatora – SLP, AL
Sandra Capps, Administrator, North Carolina
Emily Efferson, Administrator, Louisiana
Lorraine Pokorski, Administrator, Nevada

9:45 - 10:30
Proposed Revisions to the SLP Certification Standards
Earl Seaver, Chair, ASHA's CFCC

10:30 - 10:45

10:45 – 11:45
Discipline – Nahale Kalfas, J.D., NC

Licensing the International Graduate
Lisa O'Connor, SLP, California

Telepractice – Gregg Givens, AUD, NC
Universal Licensure
Timothy Weise – SLP, Michigan

11:30 - 12:00
Implications for Future Directions
Lawrence Molt and Virginia Berry

For additional conference information and registration, visit





2010 Corporate Meeting Minutes

National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Corporate Meeting

October 15, 2010
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The meeting was called to order by President Lisa O'Connor.

Approval of Minutes
Motion: To approve the minutes of the September 11, 2009 Corporate Meeting.
Glenn Waguespack
Second: Steve Harris

Financial Report
Income through October 2 was reported in the amount of $30,460. Expenses total $10,569.
Motion: To approve the 2011 budget as presented.
Kenneth Gist
Second: Larry Molt
It was noted that a zero balance has been budgeted.

2010 Conference Report
There are 54 participants registered for the conference representing 19 states, DC and Ontario, Canada.

A copy of NCSB's most recent newsletter is included in each participant's conference folder. It was noted that NCSB publishes two newsletters per year.

ASHA 2010 Poster Session
Participants were directed to the flyer in the conference folder announcing the poster session scheduled for Friday, November 19 from 10:00-11:30 entitled Professional Licensure: Forging the Way for Consumer Protection.

NCSB Website is the URL for NCSB's website.

Directory Update
States were requested to check the directory at the registration desk and note any needed changes. The directory is mailed to member states.

The results of the election for 2011 were announced as follows:
President Elect - Virginia Berry
Members of the Board of Directors:
Gregg Givens
Doreen Oyadomari
Glenn Waguespack

Strategic Plan:
Updates to the strategic plan were provided by President O'Connor. It was announced that the Board of Directors would continue discussion at tomorrow's Board of Directors meeting. The three-year plan is in its second year of implementation. Many of the strategies identified to address primary goals have been accomplished. The following goals will continue to be addressed:

  • Increased communications with all state boards regarding issues NCSB is addressing and actions planned or recommended.
  • Increased membership in NCSB. It was noted that there are currently 26 member states.
  • Being THE RESOURCE in regulatory and licensure issues.
  • Increased revenues for NCSB through increased membership, sponsorship for conference events, and advertisements on the web site and in the newsletter.

24th Annual Conference
It was announced that the 2011 conference will be held October 13-15 at Bally's in Las Vegas, Nevada. The room rate will be $105.00 nightly.

Honors of the Council
Cheryl Sancibrian, a former member of the Texas licensure board whose terms included four years as Chair, was presented with NCSB Honors. Mrs. Sancibrian was commended for her role in regulation of the professions in the state of Texas through increased communication, development of pamphlets and articles including one on Rules and Regulations governing Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, presentations to special education directors, schools of education, TSHA and other groups. It was also noted that she is currently chairing the Task Force for Sunset Review in Texas.

By-Laws Revision
To approve the revisions to the by-laws as presented.
Virginia Berry
Second: Amy Goldman
Motion: Passed

The gavel was passed to incoming President, Larry Molt. President O'Connor was thanked for her outstanding work as President for the past two years.
The meeting was then adjourned.





License Portability

With an expanding scope of practice in speech-language pathology and audiology and with an increased need to provide assistance to underserved populations has come the need to explore alternative modes of service delivery. Advances in technology have paved the way for delivery of services through telepractice, and many professions are exploring options for provision of services through this means. Since licensure is a critical issue in telepractice, NCSB has been invited to join with other groups to discuss areas of commonality and areas of differences. Greg Givens, an NCSB Board member with considerable experience in telepractice, has agreed to participate in discussions with these groups. Following is his report from the initial meeting.

Gregg D. Givens

During the past few months, a small group has met to discuss license portability. The first meeting was held on May 1 at the Annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association in Tampa Florida. This meeting included representatives from the ATA Telerehabilitation Work Group for License Portability. The professions of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology were represented. Desired outcomes of the committee's activities are to identify processes and /or facilitate the creation of the three enablers for licensure portability:

  1. Uniform core licensure requirements;
  2. Common/Uniform licensure application;
  3. Credential verification organization.

Individuals at the meeting included; NBCOT representative/AOTA representative/Jana Cason (ATA Telerehab SIG Facilitator); NCSB representative/Gregg Givens; ASHA representative/Ellen Cohn (ATA Telerehab SIG Facilitator; and FSBPT representative/APTA representative/Alan Lee (ATA Telerehab SIG Facilitator).

The May meeting was followed up with two phone conference calls. The first discussion centered on key enablers necessary for the implementation of most licensure portability models. The NBCOT already has many of the enablers in place such as a standardized license application and uniform core licensure requirements The NBCOT acts as the credential verification organization for Occupational Therapy as well as tracks disciplinary action on a national level. During the conversation there appeared to be a strong consensus that having ease of uniformity and credentialing would allow state boards to use their resources for more pragmatic administrative purposes such as pursuing investigative/disciplinary items.

The second phone conference was centered on the universal licensure application developed by the Federal Association of Regulatory Boards (FARB). FARB, for those not familiar, is a non-profit corporation formed in 1974 for the [protection of the public consumer. This universal application has not been accepted by most Boards in the Speech-Language and audiology professions however.

As one can see the topic of a universal application, much less licensure, remains one of differing opinions. However, in my opinion these are issues that deserve a continuing dialogue at our state and national meeting. The advent of telepractice and international practice further amplifies the need for such discussion. Reports on this continuing discussion and all follow-up meetings will be provided to state licensing boards in speech-language pathology and audiology.





NCSB to Present Poster Session at ASHA

A poster session (#8074 Poster Board 41), entitled "Professional Licensure: Coast to Coast" will be presented at the ASHA Convention in San Diego Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 1:30-3:00. The poster session will utilize maps to depict characteristics of state licensure, including hearing aid dispensing, the doctoral entry level, support personnel, exemption-free licensure, and continuing education. NCSB invites all those interested in regulation to attend the poster session and examine similarities and differences in licensure from state to state.





Site Selected for the 2012 "25th" Annual NCSB Conference

Make plans to attend the 25th Annual Conference to be held October 11-13, 2012 in Colonial Williamsburg. The conference hotel will be the Williamsburg Woodlands. Details will be posted to the web site as they become available.





Watch for Proposed Bylaws Revisions

At it conference in Santa Fe in 2010, NCSB presented a number of proposed revisions to the bylaws that were approved at the Corporate Meeting by the member boards in attendance. Unfortunately, the copy presented for voting was not the final copy; rather, a draft of earlier bylaws changes was inadvertently submitted as the final version. In order to clarify the matter, an electronic copy of both the "newly proposed" and the "recently adopted" bylaws will be sent to member boards for review. A hard copy of these documents will be available at the Corporate Meeting in Las Vegas.












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