Office of Speech-Language Pathology Certification: News

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 enter 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.