Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association(PSHA)
The Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a professional society of scientists, clinicians, teachers, and others who have common concerns and interests in the field of human communication disorders. The Association is affiliated with the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is recognized by the Legislative Council of ASHA as the official organization representing speech pathology and audiology in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Universal LicensureThe Importance of Universal Licensure
Our new Licensure bill will require all speech language pathologists and audiologists in Pennsylvania to hold a license, regardless of practice setting. Currently, individuals who practice in the public schools in Pennsylvania do not need a license. Having universal licensure ensures that everyone practices under the same standards and code of ethics.
A licensed SLP is a highly qualified provider, in private practice, healthcare and in education settings.
Licensed SLP’s and audiologists are required to have continuing education credits that focus explicitly on their practice related skills These are provided by professionals outside of their practice setting in order to broaden the skill base. Licensure is important to ALL SLP’s, not just those in private practice, hospitals and nursing homes.
It is also worth noting that universal licensure is not intended to replace Department of Education certification—PDE can still come up with its own requirements. Universal licensure just assures that all new, entry level professionals hold the license, regardless of practice setting and certification status.
The rewrite of our licensure bill has been introduced in both the PA Senate as Senate Bill 710 and the House as House Bill 1653.
Kathleen R. Helfrich-Miller, Ph.D. CCC
Vice President for Governmental Affairs
Pennsylvania Speech Language Hearing Association