COLUMBUS – State Reps. Andrea White (R-Kettering) and Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) today announced Governor DeWine has signed into law House Bill 252, legislation that will enable Ohio to join the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ALSP-IC).
The bill expands access to care for Ohioans by allowing eligible audiologists and speech-language pathologists to work in multiple states.
“Ohio is facing a critical shortage of speech and hearing professionals, especially in schools and nursing homes. House Bill 252 will help expand access to care, create more employment opportunities for these professionals, and provide continuity when student or adult clients relocate or travel through tele-health,” said White. “This bill will make a positive difference in serving the health care needs of Ohio.”
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.
The compact states communicate and exchange information including verification of licensure and disciplinary services while retaining the ability to regulate practice in their states.
“I’m thankful Ohio will be able to use the ALSP-IC as an effective tool for audiologists and speech-pathologists across our state and nation,” said Plummer. “This new law will make our state a more attractive place for these healthcare professionals and ease transitions of military family members relocating here.”
Recently, the tenth state enacted the ASLP-IC into law, reaching the threshold for activation and establishing the ASLP Compact Commission. HB 252’s passage gives Ohio a seat at the table as the commission is set to convene by early fall to establish rules and bylaws and implement the shared interstate licensure data system to allow for instant verification of good standing.