April 2, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's COVID-19 Updates: Stay At Home Order Extended Through May 1, 2020
April 1, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's COVID-19 Updates: PPE Manufacturing, Testing Order, Click and Connect, Foreclosure Prevention
March 31, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's COVID-19 Updates: Ohio Takes Inventory of Ventilators; Issues Emergency Connection Order; Extends State Telework Order
Governor DeWine's updates on COVID-19 viewable on the Ohio Channel: March 31, 2020 Press Conference
March 30, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's updates on COVID-19 are accessible from the Ohio Channel: March 30, 2020 Press Conference
Governor DeWine Extends School Closure Order Through May 1, 2020: Governor DeWine's Press Release for March 30, 2020
Other updates Governor DeWine announced include:
- > Formation of a "Homelessness Team" to help people who may rely on homeless shelters, domestic shelters, group homes, and recovery housing - all of which pose challenges for social distancing.
- > Developing a business advisory group to convene over the phone to:
- - Ensure businesses are doing everything they can to keep their employees safe;
- - Provide recommendations (to the greatest extent possible) to mitigate the negative impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on our economy in Ohio;
- - Provide recommendations on building a platform for economic recovery.
- > Due to the shortage of PPE in Ohio, the inmates incarcerated at Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction prisons have begun making some of these necessary healthcare supplies.
March 29, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's updates on COVID-19 are accessible from the Ohio Channel: March 29, 2020 Press Conference
Governor Mike DeWine's Press Relase: Governor DeWine's Week in Review
March 28, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's Updates on COVID-19: Governor DeWine Makes Plea to FDA; Releases List of Needed PPE
Due to the urgent need for PPE in Ohio, Governor DeWine once again asked that anyone who has unneeded PPE or can manufacture new PPE to email the state at email@example.com. Staff will receive these emails and coordinate how these resources can best be used to benefit all Ohioans. Additional details can be found in the below press release.
The Governor also issued an order directing state employees to begin inspecting every contractor working on an essential state contract to ensure that they are abiding by best practices outlined in Ohio's Stay at Home order.
A PDF of “Guidelines for Employers” is accessible for your reference at this link: Guidelines for Employers
New resources are now available on Ohio's COVID-19 website to help parents. The resources for at-home learning can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov/LearnAtHome.
As always, the Ohio Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH and Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov are great resources for those who have questions.
March 27, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine signs House Bill 197: March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Update Press Conference
- Waives state testing requirements for school children this year.
- Extends professional licenses for those who cannot get them renewed.
- Allows local governments to hold public meetings remotely and with transparency.
- Extends the income tax deadline to July 15, 2020.
- Extends absentee voting by mail until April 28, 2020.
- Provides funding for small businesses, such as day cares and services for the disabled.
March 26, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's updates on COVID-19 are accessible from the Ohio Channel: March 26, 2020 Press Conference
Governor DeWine's Press Release: Personal Protective Equipment Needed; New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Unveiled
Today, Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, continued to remind Ohioans of the oncoming shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, goggles, gloves, gowns and face shields for healthcare workers and first responders.
The State of Ohio is asking residents and businesses who can donate PPE, or any other essential service or resource, to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff will receive these emails and coordinate how these resources can best be used to benefit all Ohioans.
March 25, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's updates on COVID-19 are accessible from the Ohio Channel: March 25, 2020 Press Conference
March 24, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's updates on COVID-19 are accessible from the Ohio Channel: March 24, 2020 Press Conference
March 23, 2020
Ohio Department of Health - Stay-At-Home Frequently Asked Questions
Ohio Department of Health - Stay-At-Home Order Information
To find your local health department, please visit the following link: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/find-local-health-districts
Governor Mike DeWine's updates on COVID-19 for March 23, 2020: Governor DeWine Orders Hiring Freeze for State Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
March 22, 2020
Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Dr. Amy Acton has signed a "stay at home" order for all Ohioans, closing all businesses besides those that are deemed "essential," Gov. Mike DeWine announced Sunday. The order will go into effect on Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until at least Monday, April 6. The Stay-At-Home Order makes a number of exceptions, including one under paragraph seven allowing individuals to leave their residence to work for or obtain services through healthcare providers, including all individuals licensed under Ohio Revised and Administrative Code Chapters 4744, 4747, and 4753.
Additionally, all child care facilities except for those with the new pandemic child care license will be required to close by Thursday, March 26. DeWine also said he will ask the General Assembly to pass legislation forgoing all required K-12 testing for this school year.
Dr. Amy Acton's Stay-At-Home Order
Governor Mike DeWine's COVID-19 update for March 22, 2020: Ohio Issues "Stay at Home" Order; New Restrictions Placed on Day Cares for Children
March 21, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's COVID-19 update for March 21, 2020: Day Support for Developmentally Disabled to Close; BWC Payments Deferred; Trucking Waiver Issued
March 20, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton Announce: Ohio Records First COVID-19 Death; Senior Centers, Adult Day Cares to Close
March 19, 2020
Governor DeWine Signs Order Expanding Telehealth Services for Medicaid Recipients
Governor's Video Press Conference: Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran's Announcement Begins at 32:44
The Board's Spring eNewsletter is now available - SHP Spring 2020 eNewsletter
March 18, 2020
Ohio Department of Education releases: Considerations for Students with Disabilities During Ohio’s Ordered School-Building Closure
Governor Mike DeWine's Press Release - Announcement of Additional Temporary Business Closures
March 17, 2020
An updated SHP-COVID-19 FAQ has been posted as of 9:00 a.m.
Governor Mike DeWine's Press Release - Elective Surgeries Postponed in Ohio Hospitals
March 16, 2020
An updated SHP-COVID-19 FAQ has been posted as of 3:40 p.m.
March 15, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine's Press Release on COVID-19 updates dated March 15, 2020
March 14, 2020
Governor Mike DeWine provides COVID-19 Update.
Governor DeWine's Press Release dated March 14, 2020
March 13, 2020
An updated SHP-COVID-19 FAQ has been posted as of 1:30 p.m.
March 11, 2020
The Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board (SHP) has posted an FAQ resource addressing questions received from licensees regarding the potential impact of COVID-19 to services they provide to Ohioans and the public in general. Click here to access the FAQ.
Governor Mike DeWine's and the Ohio Department of Health's Recommendations on Limiting Large Indoor Gatherings – Click here to view press release.
For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
COVID-19 Key FAQ
COVID-19 Prevention Flyer
January 27, 2020
The Business Filing Statement for 2019 is available to download and submit electronically to the Board office by March 1, 2020. Please visit the following link for more information and to download the form: https://shp.ohio.gov/business-filings
December 19, 2019
The Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board Winter eNewsletter may now be viewed on the Board’s website at the following link: https://shp.ohio.gov/Portals/0/Winter%202019%20Newsletter-Final.pdf
December 16, 2019 - Ohio's Census 2020 / Be Counted Ohio Campaign
Help raise awarness about the 2020 Census. Click here to view Govenor Mike DeWine's Executive Order 2019-13D. An informational flyer to promote the 2020 Census can be downloaded here.
December 1, 2019 - License Renewal Information - Important Update
This is a reminder that this is the 2019-2020 practice biennium and the following license types are not due to renew until December 31, 2020 - audiologist, hearing aid dealer, hearing aid fitter, speech-language pathologist, audiology aide, and speech-language pathology aide. In December of 2018 the annual license renewal for hearing aid dealers and fitters was permanently changed to a biennial license renewal. Hearing aid dealers and fitters will not need to renew their license by January 31, 2020. Renewal notices will be sent to all licensees beginning in October 2020.
August 15, 2019 - Summer eNewsletter Posted
The summer eNewsletter is available at https://shp.ohio.gov/Portals/0/Summer%202019%20Newsletter-Final.pdf. All licensees are urged to review this issue for important information about recent rule changes that took effect on August 12, 2019. If you are a licensed hearing aid dealer or hearing aid fitter, there are new changes pertaining to your license expiration date, e.g., December 31, 2020, licensure practice period, e.g., now two years, renewal fee, e.g., reduced to $120 every two years, and continuing education requirements, e.g., 20 hours, including 2 hours related to ethics. A new Code of Ethics for hearing aid dealers, hearing aid fitters, and permit holders was adopted under Ohio Administrative Code section 4747-1-23. The Code of Ethics for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, conditional speech-language pathologists, and aides was amended under Ohio Administrative Code section 4753-9-01. Complete details about these rule changes are on page five and page ten of the 2019 Summer eNewsletter.
January 1, 2019 - Update - Verification of License Renewal
The Board discontinued issuing pocket cards for all license types. If you recently renewed your license or are an employer or insurance provider seeking to verify the status of a license renewal of an audiologist, hearing aid fitter, hearing aid dealer, speech-language pathologist, or aide verification must be obtained electronically from the eLicense Ohio license management system, License Look-up Page at the following link: https://elicense.ohio.gov/oh_verifylicense. A printer friendly version option is available if you need documentation confirming the license status, e.g., individual's name, license number, issue date, expiration date, etc.
December 15, 2018 - Fall Newsletter - The Fall eNewsletter is now available and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Fall eNewsletter.
August 17, 2018 - Update on eLicense account registration e-mail and licensure renewal
Beginning August 16, 2018, the Board will be sending an e-mail to licensees who have not yet registered for their account with the eLicense Ohio license management system. The e-mail will have our board name and logo at the top, instructions, your security code, and a link to eLicense Ohio to create your account. You must create an account in order to renew your license. The Board will mail a renewal letter to all licensees approximately one week before the license renewal period opens. Licensed audiologists, speech-language pathologists, dual licensees, and aides will receive their renewal letter in the mail the week of September 24th and can renew their license beginning October 2, 2018, with a license expiration date of midnight on December 31, 2018. Licensed hearing aid dealers and fitters will receive their renewal letter in the mail the week of October 29th and can renew their license beginning November 1, 2018, with a license expiration date of midnight on January 30, 2019.
August 15, 2018 - Summer Newsletter – The Summer eNewsletter is now available and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Summer eNewsletter.
July 5, 2018 - Update on Pocket Cards and eLicense Ohio New Account Registration - The Board discontinued issuing pocket cards for all license types. Licensees are required to display their wall certificate in a conspicuous place where the licensee practices. Verification of a license can be obtained from the eLicense Ohio license look-up page at the following link: https://elicense.ohio.gov/oh_verifylicense. Licensees are responsible for knowing their license expiration date and should visit the license look-up page to confirm their license status and expiration date. In order to renew your license, you must first register for an account with eLicense Ohio to create your user name and password. If you have not yet registered for an eLicense Ohio account, the Board urges you to create your required new account now, prior to the license renewal period, by visiting the eLicense Ohio portal at: https://elicense.ohio.gov/oh_communitieslogin.
May 31, 2018 - Spring Newsletter – The Spring eNewsletter is now available and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Spring eNewsletter