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Ask Congress to Ensure Interstate Compacts Have Access to Background Check Determinations

The States Handling Access to Reciprocity for Employment (SHARE) Act (H.R. 1310) would address an inconsistent interpretation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about whether interstate licensing statutes comply with federal law that permits state licensing agencies to receive criminal history background check information on licensees who wish to utilize an interstate compact.

ASHA strongly supports the implementation of the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC), which will allow licensed audiologists and SLPs to obtain a privilege to practice across state lines in other ASLP-IC member states without having to obtain additional state licenses.

The ASLP-IC Commission is currently implementing a data system that will begin accepting applications for compact privileges in 2024. Passage of the SHARE Act will ensure that state licensing authorities that are members of the ASLP-IC can receive confirmation that a background check has been completed, and whether the background check was satisfactory, so practice privileges can be issued.

Download the Issue Brief [PDF] to learn more. 

Please complete the form to email your Representative and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1310.

Thank you for being an ASHA Advocate! 

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