Board Information

Welcome to the Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
The Montana Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audioloigsts was established by the Legislature to protect the public by regulating the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology.  On this website you can find information pertaining to this board and how to become licensed as a speech language-pathologist or audiologist. 

The board makes every effort to include relevant and current information pertaining to licensing and regulation on our website.  Please contact us if you need additional information, or to provide comments on how we can improve the website.

Renewal for SLPs and Audiologists Is Open - Runs through February 1, 2018

  • Annual license renewal for speech-language pathologists and audiologists opened on December 4 and ends on February 1, 2018.
  • Renewal fees this year will be $110 for active status and $55 for inactive status due the recent fee reduction which took effect on November 10, 2018.
  • To renew online click "Renew License" under the Quick Links menu.
  • The online renewal system is available 24/7 (exluding maintenance and technical issues). Web traffic can be high and it is recommended you do not wait until the end of the renewal period to renew in case there are unexpected technical issues.
  • For questions regarding the renewal process contact UnitA@mt.gov or 406-444-6880. Due to a high volume of e-mails it is recommended you call if you need immediate assistance.
  • Make sure your e-mail and mailing addresses are current. You can update that information when you log into your account to renew.
  • Late renewal runs 45 days after the renewal period and ends on March 19. Late fees are 100% the renewal fee.

Limited Licenses for Speech-Language Pathologists and Supervised Professional Experiences
The board recently completed rulemaking to set minimum license requirements for limited speech-language pathologist applicants and the criteria for completing a supervised professional experience. Fees and requirements can be found under the License Information tab. Contact the board office if you have questions.

Aide and Assistant Registration Period is Closed
The annual registration period for aides and assistants ended on October 31, 2017. The next registration period will open on September 1, 2018.

Contact Information

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

For information 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 contact Heidi Kaufman, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2238
Email:

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 Events

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

Newsletters

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.

Audiologist

To apply using the online application please click here

  • Below are the general licensing information for audiologists.
  • Click here for more detailed licensing requirements for audiologists. If you are applying for a dual license, click here for those licensing requirements.

A. Application Fee (all fees are non-refundable):

  • $192

B. Education Requirements:

  • Doctor of Audiology

C. Experience Requirements

  • None

D. Examinations

  • national PRAXIS exam in audiology
  • state jurisprudence exam

E. Renewal Period

  • Annual - December 1 through February 1

F. Renewal Fee

  • $110 - Active
  • $55 - Inactive

G. Continuing Education Requirements

  • 10 hours annually (15 hours annually for dual licensees)

Limited Speech-Language Pathologist

To apply using the online application please click here

  • Below are the general licensing information for a limited speech-language pathologist.
  • Click here for more detailed licensing requirements.

A. Application Fee (all fees are non-refundable):

  • $27

B. Education Requirements:

  • Master's degree in speech-language pathology or communications disorders

C. Experience Requirements

  • None

D. Examinations

  • national PRAXIS exam in speech-language pathology
  • state jurisprudence exam

E. Renewal Period

  • N/A - non-renewable two-year license from date of issuance

F. Renewal Fee

  • N/A

G. Continuing Education Requirements

  • None

 

Speech-Language Pathologist

To apply using the online application please click here

  • Below are the general licensing information for a speech-language pathologist.
  • Click here for more detailed licensing requirements for a speech-language pathologist. If you are applying for a dual license, click here for those licensing requirements.

A. Application Fee (all fees are non-refundable):

  • $192

B. Education Requirements:

  • Master's degree in speech-language pathology or communications disorders

C. Experience Requirements

  • 36-week post-graduate degree program supervised professional experience

D. Examinations

  • national PRAXIS exam in speech-language pathology
  • state jurisprudence exam

E. Renewal Period

  • Annual - December 1 through February 1

F. Renewal Fee

  • $110 - Active
  • $55 - Inactive

G. Continuing Education Requirements

  • 10 hours annually (15 hours annually for dual licensees)

Aides and Assistants

Aides and assistants are not licensed in Montana. Aides and assistants work directly under the supervision of licensed speech-language pathologists or audiologists. The licensed supervisor is responsible for registering aides and assistants annually per 37-15-313, MCA.

Annual aide and assistant registration runs from September 1 through October 31 annually. Aides and assistants are not registered with the board outside of that registration period. Any aide hired outside the registration period can be registered during the next registration period.


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

  • The renewal deadline date (expiration date) for speech-language pathologists and audiologists is February 1 of each year. 
  • Renewal opens 60 days prior to your expiration date.  We encourage you to renew your license early in the renewal cycle.
  • 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

Statute/Rule Information

All of the statutes (MCA) and rules listed here are applicable to this board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3, MCA, is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to speech-language pathology and audiology are written and adopted by the Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. The board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The board continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

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 e-mailing SOSARM@mt.gov. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Statutes

Rules Notices

Montana Administrative Register (MAR) 24-222-27

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.222.301 definitions, 24.222.401 fees, 24.222.2301 unprofessional conduct, and the adoption of NEW RULE I limited licenses and NEW RULE II supervised professional experience

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

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

Business Standards Division

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Complaint 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 PanelA 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 administrativeHearing (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

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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

Approved CE Programs and Course Which Meet Board CE Requirements

  • Board-approved programs for continuing education include those sponsored by: American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Montana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA), American Academy of Audiology (AAA), Academy of Doctors of Audilology (ADA), and Montana Audiology Guild (MAG).
  • Current Board-Approved Programs from sponsors not listed above (updated 10/16/17)

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.  Once a course is approved it will be added to the approved course/program list. If you are unsure whether a course needs to be submitted for consideration please contact the board office.

Contact Information
Phone: 406-444-5696
Email: audit@mt.gov

FAQ

Licensure requirements can be found under the License Information tab of this website.

FAQ information will be available soon. In the meantime, please contact the board office at the numbers listed under the Contact Information tab under Board Information if you have questions. We apologize for the inconvenience.