California Clinicians Win Salary Supplements in Four Districts The number of salary supplements linked to the CCCs are increasing in California and are now offered in four districts-Vallejo, Winters John, Palo Alto, and Santa Clara. The trend began in 1997, when SLPs in the Winters Johns Unified School District negotiated for an “advanced certificate/license” stipend. In negotiations, SLP ... School Matters
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School Matters  |   June 01, 2005
California Clinicians Win Salary Supplements in Four Districts
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  • Susan Boswell, an assistant managing editor of The ASHA Leader, can be reached at sboswell@asha.org.
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School Matters   |   June 01, 2005
California Clinicians Win Salary Supplements in Four Districts
The ASHA Leader, June 2005, Vol. 10, 2-16. doi:10.1044/leader.SCM1.10082005.2
The ASHA Leader, June 2005, Vol. 10, 2-16. doi:10.1044/leader.SCM1.10082005.2
The number of salary supplements linked to the CCCs are increasing in California and are now offered in four districts-Vallejo, Winters John, Palo Alto, and Santa Clara.
The trend began in 1997, when SLPs in the Winters Johns Unified School District negotiated for an “advanced certificate/license” stipend. In negotiations, SLP Dana Monaghan linked the CCCs to Medicaid billing and emphasized that ASHA certification indicated advanced training that would directly benefit students.
“One of the main selling points was that the district would be unable to bill for Medicaid reimbursement unless they had SLPs with state licenses,” recalled Monaghan.
The Vallejo Unified School District followed in 2003 with a supplement of $1,028 for the CCCs in addition to $1,028 for all clinicians who hold a master’s degree. When SLP Christine Sleight heard the union was considering a stipend for the National Teacher Board Certification as part of contract negotiations, she called a member of the bargaining team and explained the parallels between the CCC and teacher certification.
The only challenge was explaining the CCCs to the district, which requested copies of the original certification for each of the 15 SLPs, recalled Sleight. When the new contract was approved, the supplement was included.
“We sought the supplement because we felt the additional training and testing, and level of professionalism necessary to obtain the CCCs deserved to be recognized by our school district,” Sleight said. “I think it’s a good recruiting tool, both for financial reasons and because the stipend shows that our district acknowledges our accomplishment in a tangible way.”
Last fall, Santa Clara County recognized supervisory responsibilities with a $300 supplement, which can be received more than once, for SLPs who supervise a clinical fellow. “Our state universities are not able to reimburse clinicians for supervising graduate internships, and we thought that due to the increased workload, we would ask for remuneration,” said Debbie Benham, an SLP for the Santa Clara County’s department of special education who served as the union representative on this issue during the contract negotiations. At the same time, Palo Alto became the most recent district to award a $2,213 salary supplement in 2004.
If your district or state has received a salary supplement, or you are pursuing one, let ASHA know. Click on “Local District supplements for CCC” on the Increasing Salaries in the Schools page for a PDF of districts with a salary supplement. ASHA has developed a Web-based guide advocacy guide to help members pursue change in the schools.
For more information on local district supplements, contact Christine Sleight at csleightca@aol.com in the Vallejo Unified School District; Dana Monaghan at dmonaghan@mindsync.com in the Winters Joint Unified School District; Debbie Klinger at dklinger@pausd.org in the Palo Alto Unified School District; and Debbie Benham at Debbie_Benham@sccoe.org in the Santa Clara County district.
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