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(1) All persons working in the capacity of a speech-language or audiology aide or assistant must be working directly under the supervision of a fully licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist. This supervisor assumes full legal and ethical responsibility for the tasks performed by the aide or assistant and for any services or related interactions with a client.

(2) When aides or assistants are providing direct services under a licensed supervisor to individuals under 18 years of age, the supervisor is responsible for so informing, in writing, the parent, guardian, surrogate parent, or person acting as a parent of a child in the absence of a parent or guardian.

(3) The speech-language pathology or audiology supervisor and/or appropriate administrative agency is responsible for ensuring that the speech-language pathology or audiology aide or assistant is adequately trained for the tasks the aide or assistant will perform. The amount and type of training required must be based on the following:

(a) the skills and experience of the speech-language pathology or audiology aide or assistant;

(b) the needs of the patients/clients served;

(c) the service setting;

(d) the tasks assigned; and

(e) any other factors as determined by the supervising speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

History: 37-1-131, 37-15-202, MCA; IMP, 37-15-102, 37-15-313, MCA; NEW, 1981 MAR p. 363, Eff. 4/17/81; TRANS, from Dept. of Prof. & Occup. Lic., Ch. 274, L. 1981, Eff. 7/1/81; AMD, 1983 MAR p. 274, Eff. 4/1/83; AMD, 1989 MAR p. 2194, Eff. 12/22/89; AMD, 1999 MAR p. 408, Eff. 3/12/99; TRANS, from Commerce, 2004 MAR p. 2284; AMD, 2006 MAR p. 2413, Eff. 10/6/06; AMD, 2008 MAR p. 385, Eff. 2/29/08.

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