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Colorado SLP Scope of Practice
How does Colorado define the practice of speech-language pathology?
"Speech-language pathology" means the application of principles, methods, and procedures related to the development, disorders, and effectiveness of human communication and related functions, which includes providing prevention, screening, consultation, assessment or evaluation, treatment, intervention, management, counseling, collaboration, and referral services for disorders of:
What is included in the practice of speech-language pathology?
"Speech-language pathology" also includes establishing augmentative and alternative communication techniques and strategies, including the following:
Expanded Scope of Practice for Speech-Language Pathologists pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order D 2020 038
The basis for these rules is Executive Order D 2020-038 issued by Governor Jared Polis pursuant to the State of Emergency Declaration found in Executive Orders 2020 003, 2020 027 and 2020 032, Article IV, Section 2 of the Colorado Constitution, the Colorado Disaster Emergency Act, sections 24-33.5-701, et. seq., C.R.S., and sections 12-20-204 and 12-305-115, C.R.S.
These Emergency Rules are adopted by the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations (Director) to effectuate Executive Order D 2020 038 directing the immediate expansion of the workforce of trained medical personnel available to provide healthcare services within inpatient facilities due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Colorado.
Expanded Scope of Practice. Speech-language pathologists may perform services while working in a hospital or inpatient facility as delegated by physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, certified registered nurse anesthetists, professional nurses and respiratory therapists.
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 12-305-104
Governor’s Executive Order D 2020 038