Physicians to visit schools and observe speech therapy

The Department of Education has recently informed us that physicians will be visiting schools and observing students receiving speech therapy. This is an expansion of a program already in place for occupational and physical therapy in the schools.

The purpose of the physician visits is to determine if they can write an order or prescription that would allow the DOE to seek Medicaid reimbursement for the service.

We are working to understand the details of the DOE’s policy and its implications for members. If we have any cause for concern as we learn more about this, we will let you know. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at our hotline, (212) 598-7774.

In the meantime, if any of these physician visits cause you to miss or shorten speech sessions, you should document why the sessions were cancelled or shortened in SESIS. Please also make sure that you get guidance from your principal and speech supervisor regarding the visits and follow their directives.

Also keep in mind that you are working under your teacher of speech improvement certificate, not your professional license, so you don't need to share your SLP license with a physician unless you are directed to do so by your principal or supervisor. If this happens, please let us know.

This will be discussed at our next general membership meeting at UFT headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4:15 p.m.

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