The Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) is a cooperative agreement enacted into law by participating states to facilitate the interstate practice of audiology and speech-language pathology while maintaining public protection. The compact is operational when 10 states have enacted the compact language into law, and a Commission then serves as the administrative body to manage the compact. Compact privilege refers to the authorization granted by a remote state to allow a licensee from another state to practice as an audiologist (or speech-language pathologist) in the remote state under that state’s laws and rules. The practice of audiology occurs in the member state where the patient/client/student is located at the time of the patient/client/student encounter. The audiologist has a home state of license which is the licensee’s primary state of residence.
Thirteen states have passed legislation to adopt the ASLP-IC: Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The compact requires a minimum of 10 states, so the ASLP-IC is now operational.
The next steps will be the formation of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Compact Commission. The Commission will be composed of one audiologist and one speech-language pathologist from each participating state. The Commission will direct implementation of the compact and provide ongoing oversight.
The Academy supports state adoption of the ASLP-IC to facilitate mobility of audiologists, to support telehealth services, and to expand patient access to audiology services. The Academy looks forward to having an active role in developing the infrastructure for the commission.
The Academy serves as a resource to state audiology groups and licensing board seeking to advance legislation for state adoption of the compact. The Academy has provided a template for a letter that state groups can customize to use in supporting compact legislation. As well, the Academy can submit a letter of support directly to legislators (see sample).
The National Center for Interstate Compacts within the Council of State Governments was instrumental in facilitating the drafting of the compact language and supporting efforts for adoption across states. The NCIC maintains the ASLP-IC website, where individuals can find more background information about the compact development and current information about pending legislation in other states. This site also includes useful FAQs. The NCIC also developed a nice infographic to depict the benefits of the compact.