Effective November 23, Ohio House Bill 49 created the requirement for the executive director of the State Speech and Hearing Professionals Board to be bonded in the amount of $2,000 to guarantee the performance of all duties and provide protection for consumers in the event the director fails to do so. The bond should be submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and will remain in effect for as long as the individual serves as the executive director of the Board.
What is the Speech and Hearing Professionals Board (SHP)?
The new law terminates the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (SPE) and the Ohio Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Licensing Board (HAD). As a result, both organizations have combined to create the Speech and Hearing Professionals Board (SHP). There are at least eight other states that have taken similar steps to combine licensing of speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and hearing aid dealers and fitters, ensuring they are regulated by the same board.
This board consists of the following individuals, to be appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich.
- Three audiologists
- Two hearing aid fitters
- Two speech pathologists
- Two public members
It is the responsibility of the Speech and Hearing Professionals Board to elect from its members a president and secretary each year. The Board operates by the vision of all Ohioans to maintain maximum communication skills to achieve social vocational independence. Another rule established by HB 49 is the requirement of the Board to hold at least four regular meetings each year, as well as additional meetings in the event they are deemed necessary. Additionally, the Board may pick up rules for its business and appoint committees of groups to facilitate in attaining its duties and responsibilities.
How does House Bill 49 pertain to surety bonds?
As well as merging the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters Licensing Board, HB 49 also creates the position of Executive Director of the Board. The director is required to post a $2,000 surety bond guaranteeing the fulfillment of all duties as assigned to the director and guarantees financial compensation is available to consumers if the director fails to abide by all terms established in the legislation.
Ready to get your surety bond?
If you’re ready to get bonded as the executive director of the SHP or have questions about your surety bond, contact a surety expert by calling 1 (800) 308-4358 or apply online for your free surety bond quote today!