See below for COVID19 resources
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March 22, 2020
Fellow SHAA members,
This past week we have all been thrown into an "unexpected" state of things as our communities, state, nation and the world attempt to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (I have had to call upon all of the resources I so often encourage in my students--four square breathing, flexible thinking, don't get "stuck" and visuals to keep me focused.) We have seen people using their natural gifts to help others during this time. Several members of your SHAA executive board have been instrumental in sharing wisdom and also trying to compile a list of vetted sources to help you navigate your changing/evolving/flexing professional world. We will be sharing sites and resources on our SHAA Facebook site and also you can access them in the links below. We are an association of volunteers whose mission is to advance the disciplines of speech-language pathology and audiology in order to provide support for professionals while advocating quality services. We hope these resources below will assist you during this time when we are all being challenged to rise to the occasion for the betterment of the populations that we serve.
Elizabeth Gwaltney, SHAA President 2019-2021
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FREE Communication support for both pediatric and adult patients; and their health care workers:
COVID-19: TRACKING OF STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS FOR TELEPRACTICE AND LICENSURE POLICY (updated May 8)
ASHA State-by-State Guidance: Summary of State Requirements: AL
All states guidance:
5/7/20 - Providing Telehealth Services Under Medicare During the COVID-19 Pandemic
How Can We Increase the Odds of Retaining Expanded Telepractice Coverage?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
COVID-19 info is on the homepage. There are excellent resources for “How to Protect Yourself” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html and “If you think you are Sick” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
US Department of Health and Human Services
OCR Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/03/17/ocr-announces-notification-of-enforcement-discretion-for-telehealth-remote-communications-during-the-covid-19.html
Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html
Alabama Department of Public Health
http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/; COVID-19 notices and news release are on the homepage.
Alabama Medicaid Agency
https://medicaid.alabama.gov/ posts Alerts in their Newsroom- https://medicaid.alabama.gov/alerts.aspx
The Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey - https://governor.alabama.gov/ - homepage has COVID-19 news and resources and links to official press releases
This is a great webinar on providing Special Education Services online during COVID-19…should you need it. This webinar has some great tips for tele-therapy as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgO6k8-I4vQ
This site has resources for the aging population and people with disabilities:
Resources for feeding specialists:
The Informed SLP:
TinyEye Therapy Services has an activities program to use as a tool for providing on-line therapy: