As Amended by House Committee
Session of 1997
HOUSE BILL No. 2183
By Committee on Health and Human Services
10 AN ACT concerning the department of health and environment; licensed
11 speech language pathologists and audiologists continuing education
12 sponsors; amending K.S.A. 65-6501 and 65-6512 and repealing the
13 existing sections.
15 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
16 Section 1. K.S.A. 65-6501 is hereby amended to read as follows: 65-
17 6501. As used in this act, the following words and phrases shall have the
18 meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:
19 (a) ``Secretary'' means the secretary of health and environment.
20 (b) ``Speech-language pathology'' means the application of principles,
21 methods and procedures related to the development and disorders of
22 human communication. Disorders include any and all conditions, whether
23 of organic or nonorganic origin, that impede the normal process of human
24 communication including disorders and related disorders of speech, ar-
25 ticulation, fluency, voice, verbal and written language, auditory compre-
26 hension, cognition/communication, and oral pharyngeal or laryngeal sen-
27 sorimotor competencies, or both. Speech-language pathology does not
28 mean diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions as defined by K.S.A.
29 65-2869 and amendments thereto.
30 (c) ``Practice of speech-language pathology'' means:
31 (1) Rendering or offering to render to individuals or groups of indi-
32 viduals who have or are suspected of having disorders of communication,
33 any service in speech-language pathology including prevention, identifi-
34 cation, evaluation, consultation, habilitation and rehabilitation;
35 (2) determining the need for personal augmentative communication
36 systems, recommending such systems and providing training in utilization
37 of such systems; and
38 (3) planning, directing, conducting or supervising such services.
39 (d) ``Speech-language pathologist'' means a person who engages in
40 the practice of speech-language pathology and who meets the qualifica-
41 tions set forth in this act.
42 (e) ``Audiology'' means the application of principles, methods and
43 procedures related to hearing and the disorders of hearing and to related
1 language and speech disorders. Disorders include any and all conditions,
2 whether of organic or nonorganic origin, peripheral or central, that im-
3 pede the normal process of human communication including, but not
4 limited to, disorders of auditory sensitivity, acuity, function or processing.
5 Audiology does not mean diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions as
6 defined by K.S.A. 65-2869 and amendments thereto.
7 (f) ``Practice of audiology'' means:
8 (1) Rendering or offering to render to individuals or groups of indi-
9 viduals who have or are suspected of having disorders of hearing, any
10 service in audiology, including prevention, identification, evaluation, con-
11 sultation and habilitation or rehabilitation (other than hearing aid or other
12 assistive listening device dispensing);
13 (2) participating in hearing conservation;
14 (3) providing auditory training and speech reading;
15 (4) conducting tests of vestibular function;
16 (5) evaluating tinnitus; and
17 (6) planning, directing, conducting or supervising services.
18 (g) ``Audiologist'' means any person who engages in the practice of
19 audiology and who meets the qualifications set forth in this act.
20 (h) ``Speech-language pathology assistant'' means an individual who
21 meets minimum qualifications established by the secretary which are less
22 than those established by this act as necessary for licensing as a speech-
23 language pathologist; does not act independently; and works under the
24 direction and supervision of a speech-language pathologist licensed under
25 this act.
26 (i) ``Audiology assistant'' means an individual who meets minimum
27 qualifications established by the secretary, which are less than those es-
28 tablished by this act as necessary for licensing as an audiologist; does not
29 act independently; and works under the direction and supervision of an
30 audiologist licensed under this act.
31 (j) ``Sponsor'' means entities approved by the secretary of health and
32 environment to provide continuing education programs or courses on an
33 ongoing basis under this act and in accordance with any rules and reg-
34 ulations promulgated by the secretary in accordance with this act.
35 Sec. 2. K.S.A. 65-6512 is hereby amended to read as follows: 65-
36 6512. The secretary shall fix by rules and regulations the licensure fee,
37 sponsorship fee, temporary licensure fee, renewal fee, late renewal fee,
38 reinstatement fee, and examination fee, if necessary, under this act. Such
39 fees shall be fixed in an amount to cover the costs of administering the
40 provisions of the act. No fee shall be more than $200. The secretary
41 shall remit all monies received from fees, charges or penalties under this
42 act to the state treasurer at least monthly. Upon receipt of each such
43 remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount thereof in
1 the state treasury and credit the same to the state general fund.
2 Sec. 3. K.S.A. 65-6501 and 65-6512 are hereby repealed.
3 Sec. 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
4 publication in the Kansas register.