ArSHA Government Affairs Update – 11/08/2020

The Arizona State Legislature is currently out of session.¬† Even still, there is plenty to occupy the time and attention of ArSHA’s Government Affairs Committee.¬† Committee members¬†have had meetings with AZDHS, ADE,¬†senior staff with Governor Ducey’s office, and a host of other stakeholders regarding the upcoming legislative session and the bills we are looking to support.¬† ArSHA advocated for¬†two bills during the spring 2020 session which were at the finish line when the legislature adjourned due to COVID.¬† These bills, in some form, will be run again during the next session and we are very optimistic they will pass.¬† The bills will make important changes including permanent authorization for AUDs, SLPs and SLPAs to provide and be reimbursed for teletherapy as well as a change to statute allowing for direct¬†supervision of SLPAs via telesupervision.¬† We are working with stakeholders and legislators on the process for preparing these bills to drop when the legislative session begins.¬† ArSHA will provide you with updates when there are firm details to share and there are¬†opportunities for you to participate in the process.