093_HB2797eng HB2797 Engrossed LRB093 06800 NHT 06941 b 1 AN ACT regarding schools. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section 5 14-6.04 as follows: 6 (105 ILCS 5/14-6.04 new) 7 Sec. 14-6.04. Contracting for speech-language pathology 8 services. 9 (a) For purposes of this Section: 10 "Reasonable efforts" means performing all of the 11 following: 12 (1) placing at least 3 employment advertisements 13 for a speech-language pathologist published in the daily 14 newspaper of widest distribution within the school 15 district or cooperative; 16 (2) placing one employment listing in the placement 17 bulletin of a college or university that has a 18 speech-language pathology curriculum and is located in 19 the geographic area of the school district or 20 cooperative; and 21 (3) posting the position for speech-language 22 pathologist on the Illinois Association of School 23 Administrators' job placement service for at least 30 24 days. 25 "Speech-language pathologist" means a person who: 26 (1) holds a master's or doctoral degree with a 27 major emphasis in speech-language pathology from an 28 institution accredited under the auspices of the American 29 Speech-Language-Hearing Association; and 30 (2) either (i) has completed a program of study 31 prior to July 1, 2002 that includes course work and HB2797 Engrossed -2- LRB093 06800 NHT 06941 b 1 supervised clinical experience sufficient in breadth and 2 depth to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the 3 specific problems, methods, and procedures applicable to 4 students with disabilities in a school setting serving 5 ages 3 to 21 or (ii) meets the standards adopted by the 6 State Board of Education, in consultation with the State 7 Teacher Certification Board, applicable to students with 8 disabilities in a school setting serving ages 3 to 21. 9 "Speech-language pathology services" means the 10 application of methods and procedures for identifying, 11 measuring, testing, appraising, predicting, and modifying 12 communication development and disorders or disabilities of 13 speech, language, voice, swallowing, and other speech, 14 language, and voice-related disorders for the purpose of 15 counseling, consulting, and rendering services or 16 participating in the planning, directing, or conducting of 17 programs that are designed to modify communicative disorders 18 and conditions in individuals or groups of individuals 19 involving speech, language, voice, and swallowing functions. 20 (b) After reasonable efforts have been made to employ a 21 speech-language pathologist, a school district or cooperative 22 may contract for speech language pathology services with a 23 speech-language pathologist or an entity that employs 24 speech-language pathologists. A speech-language pathologist 25 who provides speech-language pathology services pursuant to a 26 contract must hold: 27 (1) a speech-language pathology license under the 28 Illinois Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Practice 29 Act; and 30 (2) a certificate under this Code with an 31 endorsement in speech-language pathology. 32 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 33 becoming law.