Colorado's Speech-Language Pathology Practice Act Update
As of last August, Colorado's Speech-Language Pathology Practice Act will continue for the next five years, until 2022. CSHA continues to work with the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to address concerns submitted to CSHA by the membership. I would like to thank everyone who took the time from their busy schedule to send me their questions and concerns. CSHA and DORA have developed a great collaboration and will be looking into aligning the timeline of the professional development activities (PDAs) required by DORA with the CEUs required by ASHA if at all possible. In working with DORA I have learned some decisions are dependent on whether the changes have to go through a legislative process or not. Changes not requiring legislation are generally easier to make. Also, the language of the bill was modified to remove ASHA and PRAXIS but these terms continue to be found in the rules of the bill. Some members expressed concerns with these changes however DORA has reiterated they will continue to follow ASHA guidelines to certify SLPs in Colorado. Members also inquired about the regulation of SLPAs in Colorado. DORA does not regulate SLPAs; this would require a law to be passed for this purpose. Therefore, if employing or supervising SLPAs, CSHA recommends members follow ASHA guidelines or Colorado Department of Education (CDE) guidelines if working with SLPAs in the educational setting. The average time for an SLP to obtain DORA certifications is 6 to 8 weeks. CSHA will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Attention Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) Providers:
As Go Live (March 1) approaches, we want to make sure you're prepared, and familiar with the available resources. Below, you can find links to our Guide to Go Live, our new Billing Manuals, a list of important dates, and training information for the new Provider Web Portal.