Contact: Theresa Mourey
Role: Addresses current practices and issues relative to speech, language, and hearing services in the school, and monitors, reviews, and recommends association action on state, federal and ASHA legislation which affects the speech/language pathologists and audiologists working in school environments. Current issues include:
Public Relations Committee
Contact: Mitzi Ritzman
Role: Suggests content for the NSLHA website and suggests information to post on the Facebook page, Facebook group and Twitter feed. Oversees marketing activities as they relate to membership recruitment, engagement and promotion of the audiology and speech-language pathology professions. Promotes Better Hearing and Speech Month in Nebraska. Selects NSLHA’s Better Hearing and Speech Month representatives.
Legislative Affairs Committee
Contacts: Josh Sevier and Jessica Thoene
Role: Works with the NSLHA lobbyist to develop strategies to monitor and respond to legislation and licensure issues on behalf of audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Provides resources and information to help NSLHA members build relationships with their lawmakers. Helps plan the program for the annual NSLHA Legislative Day at the State Capitol. Supports issues and concerns related to speech, language, and hearing professionals in schools, clinics, hospitals, research facilities, industry and universities throughout the state of Nebraska. Attends legislative committee hearings and testifies on behalf of NSLHA as needed.
Insurance and Reimbursement Committee
Audiology Chair: Nikki Kopetzky
Speech-Language Pathology Chair: Jessica Thoene
Role: Works with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Medicaid managed care organization representatives to resolve issues, with a focus on providing the best quality care and services possible to clients. Identifies possible solutions and offers recommendations to DHHS. The committee also regularly discusses changes in regulations, processes and reimbursement that affect audiology and speech-language pathology services and offers constructive comments to DHHS.
Continuing Education Committee
Contact: Natalie Lenzen and Judy Harvey
Role: Solicits feedback from members regarding professional development and continuing education needs. Contacts prospective speakers. Plans education for NSLHA professional development and continuing events, including: Fall Convention and webinars.
Are you the school SLP or parent of a child who uses a speech-generating device (dedicated device or tablet/iPad)? The University of Kansas is conducting research to compare the perspectives of school-based SLPs and families of children who use SGDs. If you would like to participate in this study, or to learn more, please visit: https://goo.gl/m4Kx1v. Please direct questions to email@example.com.
You are invited to participate in a survey about speech-language pathologists’ and school psychologists’ experience and confidence in assessing children with co-occurring hearing loss and other disabilities. This survey is being completed by Sarah Yolo Leoplod, Assistant Professor at Utah State University.
The 2018 NSLHA Fall Convention is September 27-28 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Kearney, Nebraska. If you would like to submit a proposal or have a colleague or contact that is interested, please complete a speaker proposal form. The submission deadline is March 1st.
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The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association has experienced several recent legislative and regulatory advocacy accomplishments, and wanted to share with you the ongoing work being done for members in our state. Listen to this recording for more information.