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24 DE Admin. Code 3700
Pursuant to 24 Del.C. §3706(a)(1), the Board of Speech/Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers (“Board”) proposes revisions to its rules and regulations.
On October 1, 2015, proposed revisions to the rules and regulations were published in the Delaware Register of Regulations, Vol. 19, Issue 4. Specifically, the Board’s proposed amendments struck the current Section, which addresses practice by telecommunications, and added a new Section 10.0, pertaining to telepractice. The new Section 10.0 sets forth standards and requirements in order to allow licensees to engage in telepractice while protecting the public.
In accordance with 29 Del.C. §10118(a), the final date to receive written comments will be November 30, 2016, which is 15 days following the public hearing. The Board will deliberate on all of the public comment at its next regularly scheduled meeting, at which time it will determine whether to adopt the rules and regulations as proposed or make additional changes due to the public comment.
A public hearing was held before the Board on November 17, 2015 in the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, Delaware where members of the public were invited to offer comments on the proposed amendments to the rules and regulations. Members of the public were also invited to submit written comments. In accordance with 29 Del.C. §10118(a), the written public comment period was held open until December 2, 2015, which was 15 days following the public hearing. The Board deliberated on the proposed revisions at its regularly scheduled meeting on January 19, 2016.
Exhibit 1: News Journal Affidavit of Publication.
Exhibit 2: Delaware State News Affidavit of Publication.
Exhibit 3: October 22, 2015 letter from Robert Overmiller of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens.
Exhibit 4: October 28, 2015 letter from Daniese McMullin-Powell of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities.
Exhibit 5: November 6, 2015 letter from Judith Page, of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Exhibit 6: Undated written comments from the Delaware Speech Hearing Association.
Exhibit 7: November 17, 2015 email and written comments from Illene Courtright.
During the 15-day window for submission of additional written comments, as required by 29 Del.C. §10118(a), the Board received the following documents, which were marked as Exhibits on January 19, 2016:
Exhibit 8: December 1, 2015 letter from Michael Kurliand of Nemours, Alfed I. DuPont Hospital for Children.
Exhibit 9: December 1, 2015 letter from Yell Inverso of Nemours, Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children.
Pursuant to 24 Del.C. §3706(a)(1), the Board has statutory authority to promulgate rules and regulations. The proposed changes seek to establish standards for the delivery of services by telepractice for the professions regulated by the Board.
The Board noted that other concerns voiced by members of the public are addressed in proposed Section 10.0. In the delivery of services by telepractice, the licensee must meet all standards and requirements applicable to onsite care. See Section The licensee who deliver services by telepractice must possess the specialized knowledge and skills needed for the particular technology. See Section The licensee is responsible for determining that telepractice is appropriate for the particular client. See Section The proposed rules and regulations also require that licensees obtain written, informed consent which includes an outline of the risks of telepractice. See Section 10.2.2.
*Please Note: As the proposed amendments published in the August 2016 issue of the Register at page 107 (20 DE Reg. 107) are not being changed, they are not being published. A copy of the text from the proposed amendment is available at:
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