SCSHA Liaisons


As part of the SCSHA mission to advocate for and educate about our professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, we need appointed liaisons to attend meetings of statewide agencies and councils.  The liaison needs to be a member of the legislative affairs or other appropriate committee, and will be appointed by the SCSHA President, Vice President of Government Affairs, or Vice President of Clinical and Professional Affairs. The individual may continue on in the position after completing the initial 2 year term as long as they remain actively involved.  The liaison for a designated agency should have experience in providing services to relevant populations.  


Requirements of the Statewide Agency Liaisons include: 

  1. Review agendas for upcoming meetings; if professional issues for SLP and Audiology are listed, attend meetings as appropriate and able. 

  2. Send a brief written report at least twice per year to the Vice President of Government Affairs, Vice President of Clinical and Professional Affairs, and SCSHA President to include: Topics addressed, Possible SCSHA Advocacy opportunities, and any requests for SCSHA actions. 

  3. Collaborate to prepare and present oral and/or written testimony at agency meetings when appropriate. 

  4. Consult with the SCSHA Legislative Affairs Committee, Vice President of Government Affairs, Vice President of Clinical and Professional Affairs, SCSHA President, and/or ASHA representative as appropriate. 

  5. Liaisons will maintain SCSHA membership during the period of time that they act as a statewide agency liaison. 


Statewide Agencies, in order of priority: 

  1. SC Advisory Council for Educating Students with Disabilities
    Quarterly meetings; 5 subcommittees; need at least 2 liaisons   
    https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/special-education-services/oversight-and-assistance-o-a/acesd/ 
    Current Liaison(s): open
  2. Education Oversight Committee (multiple subcommittees)
    Meeting schedule posted on SCStatehouse.gov
    https://eoc.sc.gov/
    Current Liaison(s):
     Rebecca McKenzie-Appling
  3. SC Interagency Coordinating Council
    Advises SC DHHS on Part C Babynet services
    https://msp.scdhhs.gov/babynet/site-page/south-carolina-interagency-coordinating-council-scicc
    Current Liaison(s): Erin Forward, open
  4. SC Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children
    Meeting schedule posted on SCStatehouse.gov 
    https://www.sccommitteeonchildren.org/ 
    Current Liaison(s): open
  5. SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Commission
    Monthly meetings
    https://ddsn.sc.gov/about-us/commission/meeting-schedule 
    Current Liaison(s): open
  6. SC Early Childhood Advisory Council
    Coordinated by SC First Steps to represent interests of 8 state agencies
    https://earlychildhoodsc.org/
    Current Liaison(s): open
  7. South Carolina Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill
    Coordinated by the SC Medical Association
    https://www.mylifemychoices.org/about
    Current Liaison(s): open
  8. SC Child Care Inclusion Collaborative
    https://www.scinclusion.org/
    Current Liaison(s): open

  1. SC Medical Association

  2. SC Hospital Association

  3. SC Assistive Technology Program

  4. SC Family Connections

  5. SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA)