TSHA Committees

Committees Under Presidency

Financial Advisory Committee

The charge of the Financial Advisory Committee shall be to a) review the annual budget proposal of the TSHA Executive Board, b) recommend policies and procedures for increasing non-dues revenue, and c) review fiscal policies and procedures of the Association and recommend changes, including adjustments in dues, fees, investments and other charges. The Financial Advisory Committee will meet on an annual basis to consider the annual audit review.

Honors & Awards

The Honors and Awards of the Association are intended to identify and recognize those whose contributions have been significant, outstanding, and excellent.

Nominations & Elections Committee

Each year the Nominations Committee will solicit candidates for each TSHA office to be elected.

Publications Board

The Association’s publications may include but are not limited to the following: the Communicologist (e-magzine), TSHA Talk (e-newsletter), TXSHA.org website, TSHA Policy & Procedure Manual, TSHA Annual Report, and posts published via TSHA's social media channels.

State Advocate for Reimbursement (STAR)

The State Advocates for Reimbursement (STARs) are ASHA-member audiologists and speech-language pathologists who advocate in their states for improved health care coverage and reasonable reimbursement.

State Advocate for Medicare Policy (StAMP)

StAMP participants are appointed by ASHA recognized state speech-language-hearing associations. They advocate for Medicare coverage and reimbursement of audiology and speech-language pathology services in the states.

State Education and Advocacy Leader (SEAL)

State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs) are appointed by ASHA recognized state speech-language hearing associations to advocate on education issues. These issues may include caseload/workload, salary supplements, and maintenance of personnel standards in school settings.

Website Committee

The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) website serves as a primary communication vehicle and resource for professionals and the public. Each Executive Board member must maintain the accuracy and currency of information related to the areas for which s/he is responsible. The Website Committee Chair will provide the State Office new information and request edits of current information on the TSHA website. 

Committees Under Past Presidency/President Elect

Leadership Development Committee/TSHA Leadership Academy

The mission of the Leadership Development Committee is to facilitate development of leaders within TSHA and the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Foundation (TSHF).

Audiology

Audiology Issues Committee

The mission of the TSHA Audiology Issues Committee is to promote and grow the profession of Audiology’s presence in our multi-disciplinary association.

Audiology Education Committee

The mission of the TSHA Audiology Education Committee is to examine the educational needs of audiologists and audiology students and find ways to provide educational opportunities to meet these needs.

Convention Planning

Career Development/Philanthropy Committee

The purpose of the committee is to coordinate, plan, and implement career development services and the hospitality/philanthropy components for the TSHA Annual Convention. Career development allows employers from a variety of settings to network with potential employment candidates from various parts of Texas and provide opportunities for onsite interviews. This committee also works to plan, coordinate, and facilitate philanthropy projects within each host city of the convention and assist with hospitality related events and tasks to enhance the convention as a whole.

Programming Committee

The Programming Committee provides evidenced based, quality programming at the annual TSHA Convention that is appropriate for speech-language pathologists and audiologists with varying levels of experience who work in a variety of work settings. This committee assists with the planning and programming of education while also assisting with the education components of the convention onsite.

Scholarship/Volunteer Committee

The TSHA Scholarship/Volunteer Committee awards financial scholarships to cover expenses incurred from travel, lodging, registration fees, and/or meals to attend TSHA conventions as funds are available. In addition, this committee recruits, organizes, and provides coordination for onsite volunteers to support other co-chair areas for a professionally executed convention.

Spirit Day Committee

The Spirit Day Co-Chairs facilitate university student programming activities for the “Spirit Day” for the Annual TSHA Convention. Spirit Day supports students as well as to leave a positive impression of the profession, TSHA, and Convention so that when students become AuDs, SLPs, or SLPAs, they remain active in TSHA as a professional.


Purpose of the Committee: The purpose of this committee is provide volunteers to support other co-chair areas for a professionally executed Convention.
Membership and Leadership: There is one co-chair of the Volunteer Committee. No prior experience is required for this position, but it would be helpful for an incoming co-chair to have served in another role related to convention.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Participate in a conference call with State Office manager and the VP for Educational and Scientific Affairs to discuss feedback from the previous year and the plan for the upcoming convention.
• Coordinate with state office regarding the volunteer application form and how all data entered will be collected (typically via a Google Survey/Spreadsheet).
• Coordinate with the State Office to contact all NSSLHA chapters to recruit volunteers
• Contact all Convention co-chairs to determine their needs for volunteers in order to schedule volunteer shifts
• Set up a schedule for volunteers during Convention via Google sheet accessing the State Office for assistance when needed
• Contact all assigned volunteers so they are knowledge about where to check-in and when
• Check-in volunteers at the Volunteer booth at Convention and remind them of their assignment location and shift
• Compile post-con report for meeting, which is submitted to the VP prior to the meeting.
• Attend the post-con meeting by phone in order to share report.
• Write Communicologist article and submit in May.
Duties of the Committee Members: The Volunteer committee typically consists of the one co-chair. Each member of the committee is encouraged to participate fully in the generation of ideas, topic discussion and sharing of ideas regarding the goals of the committee.

Member Engagement

Diversity Committee

The goal of Diversity is to promote diversity and inclusion with professionals, students, and clients across multiple settings. Promoting the development and advancement of underrepresented groups by raising awareness through a variety of informative methods, in order to help build a stronger sense of identity and wellbeing with professionals, students, and clients. 

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month Committee

The goal of MBHSM is to increase awareness of communication and swallowing disorders affecting individuals across the lifespan in Texas. The committee determines how to engage speech-language pathologists and audiologists and ways to promote what speech-language pathologists and audiologists do to improve the quality of life for those affected by communication and related disorders.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is monitored by the Vice President for Public Information and Marketing. It is composed of a chair and two members, one responsible for membership recruitment and the other for membership retention. The chair may serve as one of the members responsible for recruitment or retention and additional volunteers may be utilized to carry out the goals and objectives set forth by this committee.

Social Media Committee

The Social Media Committee serves as a liaison between the TSHA Executive Board, Council, and State Office to the membership of TSHA on social media platforms.

University Visits Committee

Organize and coordinate TSHA members who want to volunteer for convention or throughout the year on committees/task forces within TSHA.

Professional Services

Business Management Committee

Provide guidance and support to members and clinicians in a variety of practice locations regarding issues of reimbursement, documentation, Insurance changes/challenges and updates.

CLD Committee

The purpose of the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CLD) Committee is to promote, advance, and enhance awareness of and advocacy for best practices related to culturally and linguistically appropriate practice in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Medical Speech Pathology Committee

The TSHA Medical Committee will have dynamic mechanisms to promote current practice information, education, high-quality resources and collaborations and networking related to Medical Speech Pathology across the state of Texas.


Purpose of the Committee The purpose of the SLP Supervisors and SLP-Assistant’s Committee is to support the SLP/SLP-A relationship with easily accessible training, resources, CEUs, and guidance during clinical practice.
Goals:
1. Produce 2 articles in the Communicologist.
2. Prepare a TSHA presentation that is geared toward assistants for TSHA Convention 2018: What does good supervision look like?
3. Update website with current information for supervisors and assistants (TDLR) and standards/guidelines.
4. Plan a TSHA product to help assistants grow therapy skills perhaps something on rationale for planning session activities or featuring a therapy approach.
Membership and Leadership: The committee consists of 2 co-chairs.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Responsible for communication among the members and with the VP of Professional Services.
• Facilitate the process of developing goals for the year and seeking approval from the VP.
• Assigning tasks and setting timelines to achieve the goals and objectives developed.
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP of Professional Services.
• Report information to VP of Professional Services.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Complete any task that is set forth by the co-chairs.

Public School Committee

Serve as a resource and advocate for SLPs and SLP-As who are practicing in the public school setting. The committee works closely with the Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee.


Purpose of the Committee: Serve as a resource and advocate for SLPs and SLP-As who are practicing in the public school setting. This committee researches issues affecting public schools. The committee works closely with the Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee.
Goals:
1. Update and organize the Public School Committee Page (website).
2. Increase committee social media presence.
3. Address Houston Chronicle articles through responses in the Communicologist in collaboration with CLD and TCASE.
4. Responses to Hot Topic questions in the Communicologist.
5. Increasing awareness of the Public School Committee at TSHA by hosting a booth or a meet and greet.
Membership and Leadership: The committee consists a chair or co-chairs. There are 5-6 additional members of the committee. The chair/co-chair commits to serve 2 years. Members can commit to one or two years. They may also opt to stay on committee for longer if they wish to.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Responsible for communication among the members and with the VP of Professional Services.
• Tasked with holding a minimum of 2 meetings with their committee per year.
• Facilitate the process of developing goals for the year and seeking approval from the VP.
• Assigning tasks and setting timelines to achieve the goals and objectives developed.
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP of Professional Services.
• Report information to VP of Professional Services.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Attend 2 meetings per year.
• Complete any task that is set forth by the chair/co-chair. Participation in this committee averages around 80 volunteer hours each year.

Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee

The Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee shall include a Chair and four committee members who signify statewide as well as rural/urban representation of the public school membership. The Chair shall be appointed by the Vice President for Professional Services, shall be employed in the education area, and shall serve as Chair for 3 years. Committee members from the educational arena shall be appointed by the Chair and serve for staggered 3-year terms. In addition, at the discretion of the Chair, a representative from one or more of the following organizations may be invited to attend/participate in one or more meetings.

SLP Assistants/SLP Assistants’ Supervisors Committee

The purpose of the SLP Supervisors and SLP-Assistant’s Committee is to support the SLP/SLP-A relationship with easily accessible training, resources, CEUs, and guidance during clinical practice.

Telepractice Committee

The purpose of the TSHA Telepractice Committee is to provide a resource for the members of TSHA in their use of telecommunication technology to deliver SLP and Audiology professional services.


Purpose of the Committee: The purpose of the TSHA Telepractice Committee is to provide a resource for the members of TSHA in their use of telecommunication technology to deliver SLP and Audiology professional services.
Goals:
1. Publish a ready reference of the rules and regulations regarding Telehealth on the TSHA website to reflect TDLR changes
2. Develop and present “Telepractice: Another way to deliver” at TSHA 2017; prepare presentation for TSHA 2018
3. Produce a glossary of terms in power point form that are specific to Telepractice/Telehealth
4. Narrate and publish Telepractice Modules for easy reference
5. Produce a ppt reference on considerations of using telepractice with multicultural/international populations
Membership and Leadership: An interest in telepractice as a service delivery option is the only requirement of SLPs and/or Audiologists to be accepted as members of the Telepractice Committee.
Duties of the Chairperson
• Disseminate the rules and laws regarding telepractice to TSHA members and consumers in the state of Texas.
• Delegates projects to the members of the committee for the purpose of informing and clarifying those rules through resource documents , practice resources, instructional media, and exemplars.
• Attend Executive Council meeting with VP of Professional Services.
• Report information to VP of Professional Services.
Duties of the Committee Members
• Attend virtual meetings.
• Present at the Annual TSHA Conventions
• Design instructional documents and media and share their personal experiences and research regarding their interest and experiences of utilizing telecommunications technology in the service delivery of SLP and Audiology services.

University Issues Committee

The University Issues Committee will provide consultation and direction concerning issues of significance pertaining to personnel preparation and pre-professional education of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.


A. MEMBERS
The Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee shall include a Chair and four committee members who signify statewide as well as rural/urban representation of the public school membership. The Chair shall be appointed by the Vice President for Professional Services, shall be employed in the education area, and shall serve as Chair for 3 years. Committee members from the educational arena shall be appointed by the Chair and serve for staggered 3-year terms. In addition, at the discretion of the Chair, a representative from one or more of the following organizations may be invited to attend/participate in one or more meetings:
1. Texas Education Agency (TEA)
2. Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
3. Texas Council of Administrators for Special Education (TCASE)
B. MEETINGS
The Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee shall hold at least one face-to-face meeting each year.. The charge of the Public School Advisory/Joint TSHA-TCASE Committee shall be to:
1. Study methods for TSHA to best meet the needs of public school members.
2. Gather information/study issues of concern to the membership with respect to the public schools.
3. Poll/survey/collect data from and disseminate information to the public school membership via a public school membership email list.
4. Provide input/guidance regarding legislative and membership issues to the TSHA Executive Board.

Research and Development

Assistive Technology Committee

The purpose of this committee is to encourage evidence‐based practices in using assistive technology in the fields of speech language pathology and audiology and to provide resources for members.

Continuing Education Approval Committee

The Continuing Education (CE) Committee is composed of the CE Convention Councilor, CE Processor, Speech-Language Pathology CE Approval member, and Audiology CE Approval member. The Association employees and the CE Processor are responsible to the Executive Board under the supervision of the Vice President for Research & Development. The Vice President for Research & Development monitors and appoints the CE Convention Councilor and coordinates the appointment of the CE approval members with the CE Processor.

Continuation of Guidelines Committee (COG)

The Continuation of Guidelines Committee (COG) will oversee the development, updating and editing of eligibility guideline manuals and training modules to support professionals working in the schools. 

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development (PD) Committee will oversee the development, updated and editing, and marketing of professional development content. The PD Committee shall include a chair with a 2-year term. The committee will:

Swallowing & Feeding in Schools Task Force

The purpose of this task force is to generate a document to support speech-language pathologists within the school system related to dysphagia services and considerations. 

Webinar Committee

The purpose of this committee is to develop a process and schedule for setting up webinars for TSHA, including evaluating and selecting webinar topics. 


The Continuing Education (CE) Committee is composed of the CE Convention Councilor, CE Processor, Speech-Language Pathology CE Approval member, and Audiology CE Approval member. The Association employees and the CE Processor are responsible to the Executive Board under the supervision of the Vice President for Research & Development. The Vice President for Research & Development monitors and appoints the CE Convention Councilor and coordinates the appointment of the CE approval members with the CE Processor.
B. DUPLICATE CE VERIFICATION FORMS
Duplicate Verification Form $ 25 (January 1988) Reopen Convention Processing $ 25 (April 2010) SI Eligibility Certificates (Non-members) $ 20 (August 2011)
C. FEE STRUCTURE FOR CEs
NSSHLA and regional associations in Texas may bundle CE events that are being held in the same quarter and consider them one course. The fee is $150 for one course. For the definition of a regional association, see PP-16. (August 2011)
D. IN-SERVICE TRAINING
CE approval will not be given to in-service trainings which are necessary as a part of one’s employment setting, but are not of continuing education value and would not be useful in another employment setting. (October 1990)
E. LOSS OF TSHA CE APPROVAL FORMS BY SPONSORS
In the event a sponsor loses the TSHA CE Approval forms, there will be no charge to replace the forms for a first occurrence. If it is a second occurrence, forms will be sent for no additional charge and a note sent to the Councilor for Professional Development notifying her that sponsor “lost” the forms a second time. The third time a same sponsor requests duplicates of “lost” forms, they will be charged a fee of $25 for replacement forms. (October 1990)
F. REFUND OF CE PROCESSING FEES
CE processing fee will be non-refundable with the exception of those programs which are denied CE credit. (January 1989)
G. CE PROCESSOR RESPONSIBILITIES
The CE Processor will perform such duties as prescribed by the Executive Board of the Association through the Vice-President for Research & Development including but not limited to the following:
1. Processing
a. Compile Continuing Education (CE) applications for approval by the Association’s CE Advisory Committee.
b. Send CE applications to the appropriate CE Task Force Chair for approval. Prior approved CE applications for some courses may be processed without additional approval.
c. Record pertinent information for publication on the TSHA website.
d. Send necessary forms to the sponsoring individual or group after a CE application has been approved.
e. After a CE application has been approved, update the calendar of events on the TSHA website.
f. File one copy of all forms in a fireproof safe held by the Processor.
2. Other Responsibilities
a. Report activities to the Association’s Executive Board on a quarterly basis through the Association’s Vice President for Research & Development.
b. Proof information submitted for TSHA publications for accuracy and completeness of CE procedures at TSHA-sponsored events. (August 2006) (July 2009) (June 2010) (August 2011)

Social & Governmental Policy

ABA Encroachment Committee

The purpose of this committee is to advocate for legislative regulation related to encroachment, provide professional advocacy for individuals experiencing issues related to encroachment, form collaborative inter-professional relationships to address scope of practice and encroachment issues and provide interprofessional resources for clinicians experiencing issues related to scope of practice and encroachment.

Member Advocacy - Capital Visit Day Committee

This committee aims to foster collaborative relationships with Texas legislators in order to protect and promote the TSHA Legislative agenda and to increase member involvement within the committee. 

Reimbursement Committee

This committee aims to keep VP apprised to any proposed or upcoming changes to reimbursement rates and/or requirements and promote advocacy and TSHA intervention when appropriate, in order to maintain the existence and integrity of our profession in Texas. 

TSHA Political Action Committee (PAC)

The central purposes of the TSHA-PAC are to raise funds for political contributions and to attempt to influence the election of individuals to state offices in order to promote the interests and needs of the speech-language pathology and audiology professionals and of persons with communication disorders and other related disorders.