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  • 01 Dec 2022 10:49 PM | Barbara Wilson Arboleda (Administrator)

    ATTENTION: APPLICANTS & LICENSEES

    In anticipation of the transfer of Board staff and resources to the Department of Public Health (“DPH”) effective November 13, 2022, please note the following information:

    Applicants: Beginning November 5,2022, applicants must complete the CORI acknowledgement form below. Please submit the DPH CORI form with your application so that it may be reviewed. On November 13, 2022, applications may no longer be submitted through the ePLACE Portal. If you have a pending application in ePLACE, please review and complete prior to November 13.

    Please visit the following website for further instruction: https://www.mass.gov/news/health-licensing-boards-transitioning-to-the-department-of-public-health-dph

    Licensees: Please review information regarding renewal applications at the Bureau of Health Professions Licensure website.

    CORI Acknowledgement Form


  • 22 Oct 2022 11:29 AM | Barbara Wilson Arboleda (Administrator)

    MSHA is proud to offer two $250 Early Career Audiology Awards to be given to audiologists who are in the first five years of their career. MSHA gratefully acknowledges the generous donation by Thelma Hilton Pierce, Ed.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP, MSHA President-Elect in honor of Mark Tehan, former Assistant Director for Boston Public Schools Related Services Department, who was Thelma’s mentor. These funds are unrestricted and may be used for expenses incurred during the early career years. MSHA will also be awarding a scholarship. Details are in process.

    Applicants for the Early Career Audiology Award and Graduate SLP Student Scholarship must be MSHA members. The deadline for both applications is October 31, 2022. 

    JOIN MSHA NOW, then head over to the Members Only area to apply


  • 20 Sep 2022 10:33 PM | Barbara Wilson Arboleda (Administrator)

    MSHA has learned that the Board of Registration for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology is transitioning from its current oversight organization, the Division of Occupational Licensure" to the Department of Public Health. This change is the result of the recent signing of a new law signed by Governor Baker that moves 13 health care related boards into DPH oversight.

    It is not clear at this time what impact this may have on members or policies, though it's reassuring to know that our licensing body will be overseen by an organization that is primarily dedicated to health and health care practices.

    This transition will take place on November 6, 2022. Any licenses renewed after that date will renew under the DPH's licensing system.

    We anticipate information to be sent to members as their licenses are up for renewal, however, we will also keep you apprised of any updates on this issue.


  • 15 Aug 2022 3:15 PM | Barbara Wilson Arboleda (Administrator)

    MSHA is proud to announce that Senator Elizabeth Warren has accepted a Lifetime Membership in MSHA. As part of Better Hearing and Speech Month MSHA reached out to Senator Warren to bestow the privilege of Lifetime Membership in recognition of her early interest in the field of speech pathology. 

    In 1970, Warren graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology. This made her the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college. Subsequently, she worked as a speech pathologist in Riverdale, New Jersey for a year, until her pregnancy became visible. She recalls, “back in those days, that meant you didn’t get invited back. That’s how it was.”

    MSHA also thanked Senator Warren for her ongoing efforts to protect consumers. As a Lifetime Member, Senator Warren will receive complimentary newsletters and professional updates.

    Sources:

    • https://www.biography.com/political-figure/elizabeth-warren
    • https://www.newyorker.com/news/campaign-chronicles/elizabeth-warren-isnt-inflating-her-resume-if-anything-shes-downplaying-it
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Warren#:~:text=Warren%20and%20her%20husband%20moved,in
    • Warren's high school graduation photo - Wikipedia


  • 15 Jul 2022 6:14 PM | Barbara Wilson Arboleda (Administrator)

    UPDATE: Provisional Licensure Law Moves Forward in the Massachusetts Legislature

    Everyone's tireless advocacy is starting to pay off. Our bill, which would allow for provisional licensure of Clinical Fellows in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has passed in the Mass House of Representatives and is in the Senate. 

    Although formal sessions have concluded for the year, the legislative cycle continues through December in informal sessions. We're hopeful the bill will proceed through the Senate to the Governor's desk before the end of the cycle. 

    We're thrilled about this new development and continue to work toward passage of the bill before the end of the legislative cycle. Follow the progress of the updated bill H.5094 here.


  • 14 Jun 2022 11:06 PM | Barbara Wilson Arboleda (Administrator)

    The Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association recently scored a huge advocacy win regarding the elimination of the in-person evaluation requirement for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.


    Thank you to everyone who responded to the MSHA survey to share ways in which the in-person evaluation requirement was a detriment to both clinicians and clients. Your comments, which overwhelmingly supported virtual evaluations, were compiled into a report that was shared with the Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (BRSPA) before the meeting that was held on June 6th.

    The BRSPA participants were informed of our correspondence by Director Burke and a discussion followed in which the Board seemed to consider and incorporate these concerns in the final policy on telehealth. The virtual meeting included representation from ASHA, the Massachusetts Academy of Audiology, and many SLPs and AuDs. The final regulations will be approved at the August 1 meeting of the BRSPA. See the Board of Registration calendar of meetings for details of that meeting. Again, thank you to everyone who participated in this collaborative process to benefit both professionals and clients alike. Your state association continues its work on your behalf!

  • 14 Jun 2022 10:56 PM | Barbara Wilson Arboleda (Administrator)

    Click on the link below to see the full results of the MSHA survey to advocate for updated regulations regarding telehealth and evaluation services.  Thank you to the over 100 people who responded! We're presenting this to the Board of Registration prior to their meeting June 6.

    MSHA-Telehealth-Survey-Report.pdf


  • 25 Apr 2022 5:17 PM | Barbara Wilson Arboleda (Administrator)

    MSHA Visits the State House

    On April 25 a group of MSHA members and some members of the Executive Council visited the State House to pick up the Governor's Proclamation declaring May Better Speech and Hearing month. It's always a pleasure to have the opportunity to increase our visibility with the Massachusetts Legislators!


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