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148.5196 Speech-language pathologist and audiologist advisory council.

Subdivision 1. Membership. The commissioner shall appoint seven persons to a speech-language pathologist and audiologist advisory council. The seven persons must include:

(1) two public members, as defined in section 214.02. The public members shall be either persons receiving services of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, or family members of or caregivers to such persons;

(2) two speech-language pathologists registered under sections 148.511 to 148.5196, one of whom is currently and has been, for the five years immediately preceding the appointment, engaged in the practice of speech-language pathology in Minnesota and each of whom is employed in a different employment setting including, but not limited to, private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation settings, educational settings, and government agencies;

(3) one speech-language pathologist registered under sections 148.511 to 148.5196, who is currently and has been, for the five years immediately preceding the appointment, employed by a Minnesota public school district or a Minnesota public school district consortium that is authorized by Minnesota Statutes and who is licensed in communication disorders by the Minnesota board of teaching; and

(4) two audiologists registered under sections 148.511 to 148.5196, one of whom is currently and has been, for the five years immediately preceding the appointment, engaged in the practice of audiology in Minnesota and each of whom is employed in a different employment setting including, but not limited to, private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation settings, educational settings, industry, and government agencies.

Subd. 2. Organization. The advisory council shall be organized and administered under section 15.059.

Subd. 3. Duties. The advisory council shall:

(1) advise the commissioner regarding speech-language pathologist and audiologist registration standards;

(2) advise the commissioner on enforcement of sections 148.511 to 148.5196;

(3) provide for distribution of information regarding speech-language pathologist and audiologist registration standards;

(4) review applications and make recommendations to the commissioner on granting or denying registration or registration renewal;

(5) review reports of investigations relating to individuals and make recommendations to the commissioner as to whether registration should be denied or disciplinary action taken against the individual;

(6) advise the commissioner regarding approval of continuing education sponsors using the criteria in section 148.5193, subdivision 3; and

(7) perform other duties authorized for advisory councils under chapter 214, or as directed by the commissioner.

HIST: 1996 c 363 s 14