IDAHO SPEECH AND HEARING SERVICES BOARD

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, ID 83702-5642 

 

Conference Call Minutes of 8/27/2009

 

 

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Andrew J. Seitz - Chair

                                                             Jody S. O'Donnell

                                                             Dennis J. Bell

                                                             Carletta J. Allen

                                                             Brenda B. Mecier

                                                             Mary R. Reis

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:    Joanne M. Huylar

                                                           

 

BUREAU STAFF:                           Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                                            Dawn Hall, Administrative Support Manager

                                                            Dave Hotchkiss, Complaint Coordinator

                                                            Marcie McGinty, Appeals Hearing Technician

                                                            Karl Klein, Administrative Attorney

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                     Claudia Weatherman Tester, Idaho Elks

                                   

Meeting was called to order at 1:30 PM MDT by Andrew J. Seitz.

 

 

AGENDA CHANGE

A motion was made by Mr. Bell to add three items to the agenda. The first item is to consider an e-mail received too late to be posted on the agenda. The second item is to add Ms. O’Donnell to the agenda. The third item is the addition of a CEU settlement order. Ms. Reis seconded, motion carried.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Ms. Allen to revise the minutes of July 23, 2009, to correct an error in a motion. Ms. Reis seconded, motion carried.

A motion was made by Ms. Reis to approve the minutes of July 23, 2009, pending the correction. Ms. O’Donnell seconded, motion carried.

 

 

FINANCIALREPORT

Ms. Hall presented the financial report. As of August 31 the Board had a negative balance of $48,217.61.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

Mr. Hotchkiss gave the investigative report which is linked above.

For Board Determination:  

I-SHS-2008-10    After reviewing quarterly reports at its 5/8/08 meeting, the Board requested R provide clarification of the fact that her employment began on 8/24/07 but her provisional permit was not issued until 10/1/07. IBOL records show that R began the externship in May 2007, became a paid employee in August 2007, received her degree in August 2007, applied for SLP provisional permit on 8/28/07, and received the permit on 10/1/07.  R thereafter provided the Board with appropriate quarterly reports, and on 9/11/08 the Board issued R an SLP license.  IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.  A motion was made by Mr. Bell that the Board accept the recommendation. Ms. Allen seconded, motion carried.

I-SHS-2009-3    C alleges that R sold C a pair of aids.  C wanted to return the aids due to the aids’ failure to work properly within the 60-day period.  C states that the company R worked for is out of business and left a phone number which goes to a voice mail and nobody returns the calls. INV revealed that the company was based in another state, and R was laid off when the company went out of business.  No contact with the company was completed as all available phone numbers are disconnected.  Request the Board provide guidance to determine whether R, the licensee and employee, is responsible for the refund or whether the company is responsible.  (The contract was with the company.)  R has since opened his own business and, in another case, honored a warranty from the now-defunct company for a different client. After discussion the Board determined it was not the responsibility of R to honor the refund. A motion was made by Ms. Allen the Board accept the recommendation. Ms. Mecier seconded, motion carried.

 

I-SHS-2009-2    Ms. McGinty presented the CEU settlement order. After discussion Ms. Allen made a motion to accept the order as presented. Ms. Mecier seconded, motion carried.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

ISHA Round Table

Ms. O’Donnell addressed the Board regarding a round table discussion at ISHA addressing Idaho Speech and Hearing Services Licensure Rules and Laws that she has been asked to facilitate. After discussion, Ms. O’Donnell was reminded that no discussion or comments regarding Board business could be made while facilitating. Ms. O’Donnell also agreed to remind those participating in the round table that opinions stated during the discussion were those of Ms. O’Donnell and do not reflect the opinion of the Board. A motion was made by Ms. Mecier to allow Ms. O’Donnell to facilitate the round table discussion. Ms. Reis seconded, motion carried.

 

Arizona Department of Health Services Correspondence

A discussion was held regarding a request from the Arizona Department of Health Services in regard to reciprocity parity. The secretary was advised to draft a response including a copy of current Rules and Law, a statement of the minimum passing score for the overall examination, and denying a request for a copy of the written and practical portions of the examination given by the state of Idaho for licensing hearing aid dispensers. Ms. Allen made a motion to approve the response as stated. Ms. O’Donnell seconded, motion carried.

 

Recasing ITE Hearing Aids

An e-mail from a Hearing Aid Dealer and fitter requested the Board’s view on recasing used ITE hearing aids. After discussion a motion was made by Mr. Bell for the secretary to draft a response indicating there are no Rules or Laws against the practice. Ms. Mecier seconded, motion carried.

 

Medicaid School Based Services

An e-mail from the Idaho Division of Medicaid Bureau of Developmental Services regarding paraprofessional requirements as defined in licensure rules and Idaho Code 54-2905 for speech language pathologists practicing in a school was addressed. After discussion Ms. Allen made a motion for the secretary to draft a response indicating it is not the intent of the licensure rule to be more strict and that employees of school districts are exempt from the rule. Ms. O’Donnell seconded, motion carried.

 

Claudia Weatherman Tester

Ms. Tester addressed the Board on behalf of an applicant for a Provisional Permit.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Correspondence

A discussion was held in regard to a question directed to the Board and tabled at the last meeting. The correspondent asked if the State of Idaho allows Speech Therapists to write orders for modified barium swallows. After discussion the Board requested direction from Mr. Klein. The Board was advised to direct the correspondent to Section 13 of the Speech and Hearing Services Rules, and then to the correspondent’s own billing and legal practitioners. Mr. Bell made a motion for the secretary to draft a response. Ms. Allen seconded, motion carried.

 

Matt Foster

A discussion was held regarding a request by applicant Matt Foster to address the Board concerning his application for licensure. After discussion the Board determined review of the application and additional documentation provided by Mr. Foster would be reviewed during executive session and Mr. Foster would be contacted by telephone and given the opportunity to address the Board.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell that the board to go into executive session under Idaho Code 67-2345(d) to consider such records that are exempt from disclosure under the Idaho Public Records Law. The purpose of the Executive Session was to consider license application materials. Seconded by Ms. Mecier. The vote was: Mr. Bell, aye; Ms. O’Donnell, aye; Ms. Reis, aye; Ms. Mecier, aye; Ms. Allen aye; and Chairman Seitz aye. There were no nay votes. Motion carried.

 

Ms. Reis made a motion to come out of executive session, Mr. Bell seconded.

Aye votes were: Mr. Bell, Ms. O’Donnell, Ms. Reis, Ms. Mecier, Ms. Allen and Chairman Seitz. There were no nay votes. Motion carried.

 

APPLICATIONS

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell and seconded by Ms. Reis to approve the following:

 

Approved for Licensure

            ARNELL, GENNA                                         SLP-1895

            BOWMAN, HOLLIE                                      SLP-1893

            FOSTER, MATTHEW                                  SLP-1869

            HEIL, MARCELLA                                        SLP-1885

            JOHNSTON, SALLY                         SLP-1888

            KEES, CHARLES                                        SLP-1889

            PATTERSON, LISA                                      SLP-1902

            PHILLIPS, KRISTIN                                      SLP-1901

            SEARCY, ANNIE                                          SLP-1892

            SMITH, RHONDA                                         SLP-1897

            STRONG, ELIZABETH                                SLP-1875

            TALBOT, CYNTHIA                                      SLP-1899

            WYLIE, CAROL                                             SLP-1878

 

            KLEPFER, AMANDA                                  TSLP-1891

            LEFFERTS, KRISTINE                                TSLP-1876

            PAYNE, JONATHAN                                    TSLP-1896

            SHARP, JILL                                                 TSLP-1898

           

            RENNINGER, GWEN                                   HA-1884

 

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell and seconded by Ms. Mecier to approve the following:

 

Approved for change of supervisor:

                        DEXTER, CHELSEA                                   HT-1903

 

A motion was made by Ms. O’Donnell and seconded by Ms. Mecier to approve the following:

 

Approved pending receipt of transcripts:

Applicant Number                                         901108870

                                                                        901109010

.                                                                       901108605

 

The Board Chair advised Mr. Foster via a telephone conversation that his application for licensure had been approved. Mr. Seitz asked Mr. Foster if he wished to make any further comments to the Board at this time. Mr. Foster expressed his appreciation to the Board for their approval of his license.

    

NEXT MEETING September 24, 2009 1:30 PM MDT. Conference Call.

 

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Ms. Allen to adjourn the meeting at 3:30 PM. Ms. Reis seconded. Motion carried.

 

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Andrew J. Seitz, Chair                                      Jody S. O'Donnell

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Dennis J. Bell                                                    Carletta J. Allen

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Joanne M. Huylar                                             Brenda B. Mecier

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Mary R. Reis                                                    Tana Cory, Bureau Chief