IDAHO SPEECH AND HEARING SERVICE LICENSURE BOARD
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, Idaho 83702-5642
ROLL CALL: Kathleen Wachtler, Chair
Andrew (Joe) Seitz
BUREAU STAFF: Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief
Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief
Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney
Cherie Simpson, Management Assistant
The first meeting of the Board was called to order at 9:00 a.m.
Ms. Jacobsen and Mr. Hales explained the open meeting laws to the Board as well as their function as a Board. The Administrative Procedures Act was explained as it pertains to the complaint and investigative procedure.
Mr. Hetrick explained his history with the Bureau and the responsibilities of this position. He explained the information accessible to the Board via the Bureau’s website. This information includes laws, rules, applications, complaint procedure, contact information, and related information.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Moved by Mr. Seitz that Ms. O’Donnell be Chairperson, seconded by Mr. Bell. Moved by Ms. Larsen the Ms. Wachtler be Chairperson. Seconded by Ms. Allen. Ballots were distributed to the Board for election purposes. Completed ballots were counted. Ms. Wachtler received four votes; Ms. O’Donnell received three, therefore, Ms. Wachtler will serve as the new chairperson of the Board.
Mr. Hetrick presented the financial report. It was explained to the Board how the report is generated and the information that is available through the report on the web page. Dr. Cooper asked if the Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters budget was pulled into this Board. Mr. Hetrick explained that it has been taken into consideration.
Mr. Hetrick presented the investigative report. This report encompassed the outstanding complaints from the Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Board. The report is generated for each fiscal year. 2006 – no complaints received; 2005 – 14 complaints were received, 2 were closed; 11 are under investigation; and 1 awaits Board determination; 2004 – 15 complaints were received, 12 were closed, 3 are under investigation. The Board was asked to review HAD-P1-s-2005-8. Following review and discussion the Board decided to follow the recommendation of the Bureau. Seconded by Mr. Seitz, carried.
Mr. Hales presented the contract for services between the Bureau and the Board. The contract was reviewed with the Board in its entirety. Moved by Mr. Seitz to accept the contract and to authorize the Chairperson to execute the contract on behalf of the Board. Seconded by Ms. O’Donnell, carried.
A draft of the proposed rules were presented to the Board for review. Discussion was held. 300.02 was discussed. If there is a test available for speech-pathologist aids and/or assistants the test will be utilized. If there is no test available the Board will need to amend the code requiring the examination. Moved by Dr. Cooper that the Board accept the rules as reviewed and amended. Seconded by Mr. Seitz, carried.
Moved by Mr. Bell to approve all currently licensed hearing aid dealers and fitters as meeting the requirements for licensure as hearing aid dealers and fitters under current law without additional application. Seconded by Mr. Seitz, carried.
Moved by Mr. Seitz to adopt the current disciplinary investigations and prior disciplinary action and decisions of the prior Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Board regarding Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters. Seconded by Mr. Bell, carried.
A draft of the application was reviewed with the Board. On question number 9 more information needs to be obtained regarding hours.
Ms. Larsen presented questions that she has received from concerned hearing aid dealers and fitters and audiologists. They must hold both licenses. Endorsement law does not allow licensure by endorsement.
Date was set for the next meeting of the board. The meeting will be held on November 10, 2005 beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Moved by Ms. O’Donnell that meeting adjourn. Seconded by Mr. Seitz, carried.