In order to build capacity and meet the needs of B.C. children with ASD, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has put into place a new category for the RASP – Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist. This category will be effective as of June 30th, 2015.
For a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) to be added to the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP), MCFD requires documentation that they have experience providing services to children with autism under the age of six. It is often difficult for an S-LP, new to the field of autism, to acquire enough experience to qualify for the RASP.
To address this challenge, the new category of Supervised S-LP allows for experience to be gained with the support of a supervisor. The clinical supervision requirements must be completed before an S-LP is eligible to apply to be on the RASP independently.
So how does this work from the perspective of families?
- The Supervised S-LP applicant must be registered and in good standing with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.
- The Supervised S-LP applicant must independently gain the services of an S-LP who is qualified to be on the RASP to supervise them for a minimum of 12 months.
- The Supervisor’s name and contact information will be available via the RASP. It will be clear that the S-LP is being supervised and how to contact their supervisor.
- The Supervised S-LP applicant must complete and submit to ACT the RASP Application Form (www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/service_providers.htm).
- A plan for supervision should be developed by the Supervised S-LP and their Supervisor. Any family receiving services must receive a copy of the supervision plan as it relates to their child.
- Any financial compensation of the Supervisor is the responsibility of the Supervised S-LP. While either S-LP may bill the Autism Funding Branch, they may not both bill for the additional cost of supervision. The family is not responsible for compensating both the Supervisor and the Supervised SLP beyond what the child’s program would have cost if there was no supervision in place.
- Both the Supervisor and the Supervised S-LP have the right to discontinue the supervisory relationship at any time. However, arrangements must be made to ensure reasonable notice to the family.
- The supervisory relationship is not the responsibility of MCFD or ACT.
- Further details of this process can be found here.
For questions regarding the supervisory process or relationship, please contact Louise Broadley, Manager of Information Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.