COLUMBUS – State Reps. Andrea White (R-Kettering) and Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) today introduced House Bill 252, legislation that will enable Ohio to join the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ALSP-IC), allowing eligible audiologists and speech-language pathologists to work in multiple states.
“This occupational licensure compact increases access to care for students, patients and clients, particularly in underserved or geographically isolated areas of Ohio,” said White. “Our state’s audiology and speech-language pathology professionals will benefit through increased employment opportunities to provide care across state lines in-person or through telehealth, while also making it easier for qualified professionals coming into our state to work – including military family members relocating here.”
Through the compact, audiologists and speech-language pathologists licensed in their home state apply for a privilege to practice under the ASLP-IC. Professionals who qualify can provide services in any compact member state, helping serve unmet needs and even providing continuity of care when student or adult clients relocate or travel.
The compact states communicate and exchange information including verification of licensure and disciplinary services while retaining the ability to regulate practice in their states.
“This helps ensure a higher degree of consumer protection across state lines,” said Plummer. “Interstate compacts are an excellent tool to expand opportunities for health care professionals without having to get licensed in multiple states and encourage cooperation of member states to promote the public’s health and safety.”
Recently, the tenth state enacted the ASLP-IC into law, reaching the threshold for activation and establishing the ASLP Compact Commission. The commission is set to convene this summer to establish rules and bylaws and implement the shared interstate licensure data system to allow for instant verification of good standing.
“By swiftly enacting this legislation before summer, Ohio could have a seat at the table in the setup process as the formal structure of the compact is put in place,” added White.
H.B. 252 now awaits referral to a House committee.