The Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) facilitates the interstate practice of audiology and speech-language pathology while maintaining public protection.
ASLP-IC is an interstate compact, which is a contractual, legislatively enacted agreement between states for a specific, limited purpose or to address a particular policy issue.
Current Status of ASLP-IC
As of April 2021, ASLP-IC has been enacted into law in ten states, reaching the threshold for activation and establishing the ASLP Compact Commission.
The Commission will soon convene to establish rules and bylaws and implement the shared interstate licensure data system that will allow for instant verification of good standing. This setup process typically takes 12 to 14 months, meaning the Commission could begin issuing privileges to practice by summer 2022.
The interactive state map lists the current ASLP-IC member states and other states proposing to join the ASLP-IC.
The ten initial member states are Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Privilege to Practice
Once the Compact is fully operational, licensed audiologists and speech-language pathologists will be able to apply for a privilege to practice in-person and through telehealth in ASLP-IC states.
The ASLP-IC offers several benefits to the public.
- Improves continuity of care
- Improves portability for military spouses
- Improves access to audiology and speech-language pathology providers
- Increases choice of audiology and speech-language pathology providers
- Facilitates alternate delivery methods (Telehealth)
- Simplifies/speeds up the current process
- Addresses portability & barriers to access
- Practice of audiology and speech-language pathology occurs in the state where the patient/client is located at the time of the patient/client encounter