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School Affairs

The NJSHA School Affairs Committee (SAC) is a group that discusses school based issues facing speech-language pathologists and audiologists in NJ schools. We also work to promote awareness among our colleagues and current graduate students about the many facets of our roles and responsibilities in the schools. In an effort to promote this awareness, SAC:

SAC is always looking for volunteers to give of their expertise for as much time you are willing to offer. Your involvement is two-fold, giving back to your organization and learning and improving your knowledge on school based issues.

For more information, please contact the SAC Committee at info@njsha.org

 

+ Frequently Asked Questions
+ White Papers
+ Evaluation Framework for Speech-Language Specialists

The following documents are NJSHA SAC sample protocols aligned with NJ State DOE proposed regulations for educator evaluation as outlined in the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHNJ) Act.

NJSHA obtained permission on July 2, 2013 from ASCD (http://www.ascd.org) to use the Danielson Framework under the following conditions: Secondary Use Request. Area of Distribution: Members of NJSHA in New Jersey

Terms: The NJSHA document titled “Framework for Speech-Language Specialists Evidence of Effectiveness” may be posted in READ ONLY PDF FORMAT for NJSHA members to view for informational purposes only. Printing of these documents is prohibited.

Schools in New Jersey must each license use of the 2007 Danielson Framework separately for implementation purposes within such school by writing to permissions@ascd.org. A licensing fee of $25 was paid (from a member donation to NJSHA) to ASCD for permission to utilize the ASCD publication as described above.

+ ASHA Documents for Roles and Responsibilities of SLPs in Schools
+ New Education Guidance for Children With Autism

Seal Report

SEAL Report Submitted by Melissa Eldred October 2017

What You Need to Know: Funding, Block Grants, & Medicaid

“Block grants” are a pre-set amount of money for Medicaid that is given to each state. “Per capita cap” limits the amount of money per enrollee. Distribution of funds will now be controlled by each state, rather than federally. That means, New Jersey will decide where the allotted money goes. Funding changes could DIRECTLY impact the speech-language and audiology services that children receive in schools. Although schools will still need to comply with IDEA law to provide and ensure a free and appropriate public education, with less Medicaid funding, children’s access to our critical services are in danger of being reduced.

 What can I do?

  1. Did you know that ONLY 7% of ASHA members take action when it is critically needed? Do you know that part of our ASHA dues go to advocates who work tirelessly to help our profession, our clients and communities? Without our voice, their power will be limited - we need to speak up! ASHA makes this quick and easy! Sign up for alert at http://www.asha.org/Publications/ASHA-Headlines/. It literally takes seconds to support our own profession! 
  2. NJSHA’s committees and lobbyist are also constantly reviewing state legislation that affects SLPs and Audiologists in all work settings. Help keep our local legislators informed about the issues that are important to us by connecting personally with them - Get involved with the “Grassroots” program. http://www.asha.org/Advocacy/grassroots/.
  3. Speak up! Let your administrators, communities and legislators know the valuable contributions that SLPs make on a daily basis! New Jersey decides how federal funds are spent so we need to educate people from the ground-up!
  4. Participate in the Back-to-School Campaign! Let’s work together to address issues including paperwork, funding, school-based Medicaid, and autism services.  http://www.asha.org/News/2017/Participate-in-ASHA-s-Back-to-School-Campaign-Today/.
  5. Find out who your legislators are! Visit http://takeaction.asha.org/asha/?1 and put in the zip code.

 


What Is a SEAL?
If you are a school-based SLP or audiologist, there's a resource out there for bringing your concerns to local and state officials.

Throughout the country, the State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs) appointed by ASHA-recognized state speech-language-hearing associations advocate on local education issues, such as caseload/workload requirements, salary supplements, and personnel standards.

ASHA established the SEALs program in 1999 to influence administrative and public policy decisions that affect school-based speech-language pathology and audiology services. As ASHA SEAL and NJSHA SAC member, I am working diligently to have SLS’s concerns and issues heard. We are currently working with DOE in finalizing SGO exemplar for the new 2.0 version that will be used school year 2014-2015.

The mission of the SEALs network is to enhance and perpetuate the advocacy, leadership, and clinical management skills of school-based ASHA members at the state and local levels to influence administrative and public policy decisions that affect the delivery of speech-language pathology and audiology services in school settings.

Do you have an education issue in your state that needs to be addressed? 
Please address Email to SEAL.

The major focus of SEAL is to educate on the roles and responsibilities of the School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists 

What's so Important About Roles and Responsibilities?

ASHA Documents for Roles and Responsibilities of SLPs in Schools

Please read the following link for your information. Functional outcomes on everyday activities are emphasized.
Reframing the Professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

ASHA's Leadership Development Program (LDP)

The Leadership Development Program is a year-long program for ASHA members with leadership potential. The program encourages you to develop your leadership skills and give back to the professions through volunteering—whether with ASHA, at your workplace or for a related professional organization.

Click here for more information.

 

Legislative Affairs

Legislative Reports from the NJSHA Lobbyist are available by logging into the Member Center.

Healthcare Updates

The ASHA website contains a section for members devoted entirely to billing and reimbursement issues at www.asha.org/practice/reimbursement/coding

There is extensive information on this section including pages concentrating specifically on billing and reimbursement issues in Medicare, Medicaid, and private health plans. In addition, much of the content is formatted to be audiology or speech-language pathology specific, allowing members to obtain information that is most relevant to them.

Insurance Reimbursement Sample Letters (Members only)

Multicultural

The NJSHA Multicultural Issues Committee (MIC) is a group that discusses multicultural/multilingual issues facing speech-language pathologists and audiologists in NJ. We also work to promote multicultural awareness among our colleagues and current graduate students. In an effort to promote this awareness, we regularly publish articles in VOICES and hold student symposiums.  

Technical Manual - A Guide for the Appropriate Assessment of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and Internationally Adopted Individuals

Articles and Book Chapters

Website Resources

AAC Committee

Want to learn more about AAC systems and strategies?
Want to meet and network with other SLPs using AAC?
Need some ideas on the practical application of AAC for your caseload?
Where can you find this information?

Check out the AAC Committee of NJSHA

  • We meet 4 to 5 times a year via free teleconference, so you can attend meetings in the comfort of your own home or office
  • We also have 2 face-to-face meetings, once in the fall and once at the NJSHA Convention
  • Our meetings include in-depth discussions of issues that are most pressing in the field of AAC

For more information, please Email the AAC Committee.

Private Practice

The NJSHA Private Practice Committee is a group that discusses private practice issues facing speech-language pathologists and audiologists in NJ. The committee will provide resources and references that address private practice issues and concerns including: credentialing, documentation, coding, billing and reimbursement, supervision and mentoring, ethical standards, practice management, scope of practice and quality assurance and improvement. The committee will collaborate with other NJSHA committees to consolidate information and promote a continuum of care and service delivery guideline, and will disseminate evidence-based practices and support ethical professional behaviors. The committee will propose continuing education topics to the Continuing Education Committee. The Committee will collaborate with the ASHA State Advocacy for audiology and speech-language pathology to address scope of practice issues. Membership is open to all NJSHA members.

The committee:

  • Answers questions sent by SLPs parents and other professionals
  • Monitors and represents Audiologist's and SLS’s issues brought up in the legislature in Trenton
  • Meets several  times a year via free teleconference
  • Continuously reviews policies and procedures regarding state licensure

Our committee is always looking for volunteers to give of their expertise. Your involvement is two-fold, giving back to your organization and learning and improving your knowledge on private practice issues.

For more information, please contact the Private Practice Committee at info@njsha.org

The ASHA website contains a section for members devoted entirely to private practice at http://www.asha.org/SLP/ppresources/.

There is extensive information on the Resources section including pages concentrating specifically on:

The content addresses matter specific to both audiology or speech-language pathology, allowing members to seek information that is most relevant to them.

Additional Private Practice Links and Resources

Tips for Opening A New SLP Therapy Practice

 

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