Board Information

 

Welcome to the Montana Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

 

The Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists makes every effort to include on this website all relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the state of Montana.   

 

Licensing News - Limited Speech-Language Pathologist License Application is Live

  • The limited speech-language pathologist license application is now available.  Click on the "License Information" menu for more details.
  • This non-renewable license is for speech-language pathologist license applicants who: (1) have not completed a 36-week supervised professional experience following graduation from a master's degree program; and (2) do not have a current certificate of clinical competence from ASHA. 
Background and Legislative History on Limited Speech-Language Pathologist License

HB 347 was signed into law on March 23, 2017. What does this mean?

  • The license that was previously issued to new graduates from a speech-language master's program will now be called a "limited license" instead of "temporary license".  "Limited license" more accurately reflects the type of license being issued as "temporary" has other connotations.
  • Nothing will change for those currently operating under temporary licenses.  Those licensees will just complete their supervised professional experience requirements before becoming licensed as speech-language pathologists.
  • The board is no longer issuing "temporary licenses". As of May 2, 2017, all new graduates/applicants will apply for a limited speech-language pathologist license.  The process will be the same as the old process for the temporary license.  The limited license will function exactly the same as the temporary license did.  The application and licensure requirements also remain the same.
  • Please contact the Licensing Bureau at 406-444-5711 or UnitB@mt.gov if you have any questions on the application process.
 

General Reminders and Tips

 

Make sure your e-mail, preferred mailing address, and other contact information is up-to-date. You can update your e-mail by clicking on "Change Address" under Quick Links.

 

Questions?
For questions regarding the renewal process itself contact the Licensing Bureau at UnitA@mt.gov or 406-444-6880.

 

For questions regarding your username and password when accessing your online account, click on "I've forgotten my password link" on the renewal website or contact the Licensing Bureau at UnitA@mt.gov or 406-444-6880.

 

For general questions not related to the renewal process contact the board office at dlibsdslp@mt.gov. You may also click on the "Contact the Board" sidebar for more contact information.

 

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation. 
Members serve three-year terms with a two-term limit.

Individual board members can be contacted by email at dlibsdslp@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at boards.mt.gov.

Lucy Hart Paulson, Speech-Language Pathologist

Tina Berg, Audiologist

Leah Jacobsen, Audiologist

Rachel Stansberry, Speech-Language Pathologist

Rich Turner, Public Member

Board Meetings

Board meetings are usually held several times a year. Meeting minutes are posted within three days of board approval.
 

In general, board meetings are open to the public. There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Contact Information

Board Management:
Lucy Richards, Executive Officer
Board Management Bureau
Phone: (406) 841-2394
Email:

For information on applications and licensing contact:
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Email:

For information on renewals, license verifications, and name changes contact:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email:

For information on continuing education:
Phone: (406) 444-5696
Email:

For information on filing a complaint against a licensee contact:
Eleanor Webster, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2386
Email:

Newsletters

License Information

Montana requires individuals engaged in the practice of speech language pathology or audiology to be licensed.  Individuals who want to practice speech language pathology or audiology must apply to the Montana Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists for licensure.  Applications are reviewed to assure the basic requirements are met.

Public or Licensee Inquiries

Licensees can find license renewal information in this section and mailing lists of licensees may be purchased here.

You can learn who is licensed as a speech pathologist or audiologist or is registered as an aide in Montana by searching our Licensee Lookup system.

Audiologist

To apply for the Audiologist License using the online application please click here

License Category: Audiologist

  • Below is general licensing information for audiologists. Click here for more detailed licensing requirements.
  • If you would like to apply for a dual speech-language pathology and audiology license, click here for more information.

A. Application Fee: $350

B. Education Requirements: Doctorate in Audiology

C. Experience Requirements: None

D. Examination Information: Please contact ASHA for examination information.

E. Renewal Period: December 1 - February 1

F. Renewal Fee: $200 (active); $100 (inactive)

G. Continuing Education Requirements: 40 hours every odd year (50 hours hours every odd year for dual licenses)

Audiology Aide Registration

General Information

  • Audiology aides/assistants are not licensed in Montana.
  • Aides/assistants must work directly under the supervision of a Montana licensed audiologist (37-15-313, MCA).
  • The licensed audiologist must register all aides annually during the registration period (37-15-313, MCA).

Annual Audiology Aide Registration

  • The annual aide/assistant registration period opens on September 1 and runs through October 31.
  • Supervising audiologists must register each aide/assistant working under them between September 1 and October 31 using a form provided by the board.
  • Registration is $30 per aide/assistant.
  • If an aide/assitant is supervised by more than one audiologist, each audiologist must register that aide/assistant.

Contact the board at 406-841-2394 or dlibsdslp@mt.gov for more information regarding annual registration of aides.

Limited Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-Language Pathologist

To apply for the Speech-Language Pathologist Limited License using the online application please click here

License Category: Limited Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Below is general licensing information for limited speech-language pathologists. Click here for more detailed licensing requirements.
  • This non-renewable license is for speech-language pathologist license applicants who: (1) have not completed a 36-week supervised professional experience following graduation from a master's degree program; and (2) do not have a current certificate of clinical competence from ASHA. 
  • Following completion of the 36-week supervised professional experience as a limited speech-language pathologist licensee, a person may apply for a speech-language pathologist license.

A. Application Fee: $50

B. Education Requirements: Master's degree in "Speech Communication and Disorders" or equivalent

C. Experience Requirements: None

D. Examination Information: Please contact ASHA for examination information.

E. Renewal Period: N/A

F. Renewal Fee: N/A

G. Continuing Education Requirements: N/A

Speech-Language Pathologist

To apply for the Speech-Language Pathologist License using the online application please click here

License Category: Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Below is general licensing information for speech-language pathologists. Click here for more detailed licensing requirements.
  • If you would like to apply for a dual speech-language pathology and audiology license, click here for more information.

A. Application Fee: $350

B. Education Requirements: Master's degree in "Speech Communication and Disorders" or equivalent

C. Experience Requirements: 36-week supervised professional experience or certificate of clinical competence

D. Examination Information: Please contact ASHA for examination information.

E. Renewal Period: December 1 - February 1

F. Renewal Fee: $200 (active); $100 (inactive)

G. Continuing Education Requirements: 40 hours every odd year (50 hours every odd year for dual licenses)

Speech-Language Pathology Aide Registration

General Information

  • Speech-language pathology aides/assistants are not licensed in Montana.
  • Aides/assistants must work directly under the supervision of a Montana licensed speech-language pathologists  (37-15-313, MCA).
  • The licensed speech-language pathologist must register all aides annually during the registration period (37-15-313, MCA).

Annual Speech-Language Pathology Aide Registration

  • The annual aide/assistant registration period opens on September 1 and runs through October 31.
  • Supervising speech-language pathologists  must register each aide/assistant working under them between September 1 and October 31 using a form provided by the board.
  • Registration is $30 per aide/assistant.
  • If an aide/assitant is supervised by more than one speech-language pathologist, each speech-language pathologist must register that aide/assistant.

Contact the board at 406-841-2394 or dlibsdslp@mt.gov for more information regarding annual registration of aides.

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

License Renewal Information

Renewal Process

  1. The renewal deadline date (expiration date) for all speech-language pathologist and audiologist licenses is February 1 of each year.
  2. Renewal opens 60 days prior to your expiration date.  We encourage you to renew your license early in the renewal cycle.
  3. Please note that our online system is available 24/7 during the renewal cycle; however, there is no staff available to assist you after 5:00 p.m.  Waiting until the last hours to renew could mean that there is no one available to assist you, and this may cause your renewal to accrue late fees.  

Regulations

The Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists regulates the occupation of treating communication disorders by establishing standards for licensure and practice, and adopting policies to strengthen the practice.  Licensees should be aware of their obligations under Montana law and Administrative Rule. 

The Montana Code Annotated (MCA) includes the laws passed by the Legislature. Professional and occupational licensing laws can be found in Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3.  Known as the Uniform Regulatory Act, these statutes were passed in 1995. 

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) are often referred to as regulations.  The Board adopts administrative rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. The Board follows a process defined in law, the Montana Administrative Procedures Act, when they are proposing new rules or making changes to existing rules to ensure public participation.  The Board files a public notice in the Montana Administrative Register (MAR) on any proposed rule changes or new rules.  You can keep track of any rule changes by viewing MAR online, or by signing up to receive notification of rule changes from the Board.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by calling (406) 444-2055. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.http://sos.mt.gov/ARM/index.asp

Administrative Rules

Statutes

Rules Notices

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-222-26

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.222.502 speech-language pathologist and audiologist licenses, 24.222.504 military training or experience, 24.222.506 licensure of out-of-state applicants, 24.222.510 examinations, 24.222.916 establishing the practitioner-patient relationship, 24.222.920 competence – practice limits – maintenance and retention of records, 24.222.2102 continuing education – speech-language pathologists and audiologists; the adoption of New Rule I nonroutine applications; and the repeal of ARM 24.222.404 board standards and policy, 24.222.501 applications for license, 24.222.503 qualifications for active temporary license, 24.222.507 temporary practice permits, 24.222.2101 policy, 24.222.2103 continuing education definitions, 24.222.2115 renewals, and 24.222.2401 complaint procedure

Complaint Information

The mission of the Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists is to safeguard the public interest and require knowledge, competency, accountability, and professional conduct by all speech-language pathologists and audiologists. It is the intent of the board to provide quality regulatory functions and services to the public and the professions it regulates. 

Complaint Contact

Eleanor Webster, Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2386
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov
Complaint Information
Complaint Process Brochure
Complaint Form
Complaint Process FAQ
   

How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

The Complaint Process

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Important: When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual the Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

Meetings

  • Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.
  • Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage. (Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

Screening Panel

  • Screening Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

Dismissal

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

  • Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

Investigation

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.

Reasonable Cause

  • Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

  • Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.
  • Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel.

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrative Hearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

  • Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

Adjudication Panel

  • Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.

Complaint Process Flow

Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against a licensee can be accessed online at: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

Continuing Education

General Information - Continuing Education (CE) Requirements

  • Per ARM 24.222.2102, licensed speech-language patholgists and audiologists have continuing education requirements.
  • Some sponsors are already approved by rule (see below). People may also submit requests to the board for approval of other courses. 

Approved CE Programs/Courses Which Meet Board CE Requirements

  • Any program or course sponsored by the following organizations: American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA); Montana Speech and Hearing Association (MSHA); American Academy of Audiologists (AAA); Academy of Dispensing Audiologists (ADA); and Montana Audiology Guild (MAG)
  • Other Board-Approved CE Courses (updated 5/25/17)

Applying for CE Course Approval
To apply for CE hours for a course not already approved by the board, submit the CE approval form to the board per the instructions on the form. The course will be considered by the board at an upcoming meeting.  Once a course is approved it will be added to the approved course/program list.

Contact Information
Phone: 406-841-2305
Email: audit@mt.gov

FAQ

To apply for a license online, click here. You may also click on the "License Information" tab on this website for more information.

The license expires February 1 and is renewed yearly.

Log into your online account and follow the instructions for printing a copy of your license.

You will have up to two years to renew your license before it terminates. However, you will need to pay the renewal fee(s), late fee(s) and meet continuing education requirements. Anyone practicing after a license has expired is considered to be practicing without a license.

Licenses not renewed within two years automatically terminate. If your license has terminated it cannot be reactivated and you must apply for a new license under current licensing requirements.

You can go directly to the License Lookup System.  This site is a primary source for verification of licensed individual’s credentials.

You can go directly to the License Download System.  This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division by using a credit/debit card.

Licensure requirements can be found under the "License Information" dropdown on this website.

The board requires 40 hours to be completed by renewal every ODD numbered year. Dual licensees in speech-language pathology and audiology must complete 50 hours. To obtain approval for a course, submit the CE Approval Request Form.

No. You must have a Montana license in order to practice in Montana.

Verifications are normally processed within five days of the date of request.  To request a written verification from the Board, please go to “license verification request” under the “Services/Links” tab.

Click here to view FAQ regarding the Department of Labor and Industry administrative suspension process adopted by the board.

See the complaint process brochure for a description of the complaint process. You may also go to the complaints tab on the menu bar for more information. To download a copy of the complaint form, click here.

No, aides or assistants are not licensed in Montana. Under 37-15-313, MCA, aides or assistants must work directly under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologists or audiologist. The annual registration period opens on September 1 and ends on October 31. For example, aides or assitants hired on November 1 do not need to be registered until the following September 1 through October 31 annual registration period. More information can be found on the audiology aide page or the speech-language pathology aide page on this website.