Office of Speech-Language Pathology Certification: News

Stakeholder Meeting - November 26, 2019

The Office of Acupuncture Licensure, the Office of Athletic Trainer Licensure, the Office of Audiology Licensure, the Office of Direct-Entry Midwifery Registration, the Office of Hearing Aid Provider Licensure, the Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration, the Office of Occupational Therapy, the Office of Respiratory Therapy Licensure, the Office of Surgical Assistant and Surgical Technologist Registration, and the Office of Speech-Language Pathology Certification will be holding a Stakeholder Meeting to receive input regarding the implementation of Colorado House Bill 19-1174 (HB19-1174), as it relates to the disclosure requirements to covered persons about the potential effects of receiving emergency or nonemergency services from an out-of-network provider or at an out-of-network facility.  

Draft Rules

  • A copy of the draft rules and HB19-1174 are available for download.

Meeting Information

  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 11:00 A.M.

Ways to Participate

  • In-Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Room 100C (1st Floor), Denver, CO 80202
  • By Webinar: Register Here
  • Submit Comments: Oral comments will be taken from participants who are present in-person or participating via webinar. If you cannot make the meeting in-person or wish to make written comments rather than speaking, you may email your written comments to dora_dpo_rulemaking@state.co.us by Friday, November 22, 2019, to be included in the dialogue of this Stakeholder Meeting. However, public comments are encouraged and will be accepted until the Permanent Rulemaking Hearings, which are tentatively scheduled for:
    • Office of Acupuncture Licensure - Monday, December 16, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. – Conference Room 100A
    • Office of Athletic Trainer Licensure - Monday, December 16, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. – Conference Room 100A
    • Office of Audiology Licensure - Monday, December 16, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. – Conference Room 100A
    • Office of Direct-Entry Midwifery Registration - Monday, December 16, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. – Conference Room 110D;
    • Office of Hearing Aid Provider Licensure - Monday, December 16, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. – Conference Room 110D
    • Office of Massage Therapy Licensure - Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. – Conference Room 110D
    • Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration - Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. – Conference Room 100A
    • Office of Occupational Therapy Licensure - Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. – Conference Room 110D
    • Office of Respiratory Therapy Licensure - Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. – Conference Room 110D
    • Office of Surgical Assistant & Surgical Technologist Registration - Friday, December 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. – Conference Room 110D
    • Office of Speech-Language Pathology Certification - Friday, December 20, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. – Conference Room 110D

Meeting Format

Stakeholder input will be limited to discussions on the implementation of HB19-1174. The Director needs your help to identify how these changes might affect consumer outcomes, positive or negative, and to assess “how” and “what” changes should be considered to implement the new legislation. Written and oral comments will be available for the Director to consider as part of the formal rulemaking process. If you have any questions or concerns about stakeholder input, please send them to dora_dpo_rulemaking@state.co.us.


New 2019 Legislation

On May 6, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed SB 19-201 Open Discussions About Adverse Health Care Incidents. This new law creates the "Colorado Candor Act” and establishes a process for the communication between a patient and a healthcare provider or health facility after an adverse health care incident. Under the new law, if an adverse health care incident occurs, a health care provider involved with the incident, either individually or jointly with the facility involved, may request that the patient enters into an open discussion concerning the incident. The request must include certain components listed in the law. 

If an offer of compensation is made, the new law requires certain processes for payment and financial resolution to be followed. If a health care provider or health facility determines that no offer of compensation is warranted, the health care provider or health facility shall orally communicate that decision with the patient.

A health care provider or facility may provide de-identified information about an adverse health care incident to any patient safety centered nonprofit organization.


SB17-108 Sunset Speech-Language Pathology Practice Act

On April 6, 2017, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17-108 Sunset Speech-Language Pathology Practice Act. The law went into effect August 9, 2017, continuing the regulation of speech-language pathologists (SLP) by the Director the Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to September 1, 2022. It provides the following changes to the Speech-Language Pathology Practice Act:

  • Removes the requirement that an applicant for certification or provisional certification as a speech-language pathologist pass a national exam adopted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and now requires the Division Director to adopt appropriate examination and clinical fellowships.
  • Allows a person to practice speech-language pathology under a special services license issued by the Department of Education. Previously, if a speech-language pathologist held a license with the Colorado Department of Education and worked outside of an educational setting, the SLP also had to be certified by DORA or could be subject to discipline by DORA. The new law removes the requirement to be dually licensed.