Board of Ethics Decisions The ASHA Board of Ethics found the following speech-language pathologists in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics. The listed violations refer to the version of the code and the specific rules and principles involved. Alina De La Paz, Miami, Florida Robin Kloos, Enfield, New Hampshire Janine Wright, Orlando, Florida ... ASHA News
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ASHA News   |   October 01, 2015
Board of Ethics Decisions
The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, 69. doi:10.1044/leader.AN11.20102015.69
The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, 69. doi:10.1044/leader.AN11.20102015.69
The ASHA Board of Ethics found the following speech-language pathologists in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics.
The listed violations refer to the version of the code and the specific rules and principles involved.
Alina De La Paz, Miami, Florida
  • Rationale: Promoting the provision of clinical services by SLPAs without direct onsite supervision; billing and allowing billing for SLPAs’ services as if those services were provided by an SLP; placing SLP and SLPA employees at risk for violating state licensure laws, regulations and professional codes of conduct/ethics; reckless disregard of the professional responsibilities as owner and CEO of the Center for Bilingual Speech and Language Disorders, Inc.

  • Violations (2010): I, I-F, I-O; III, III-E; IV, IV-A, IV-C, IV-E

  • Sanction: Revocation of membership and certification for 15 years, effective Aug. 11, 2015.

Robin Kloos, Enfield, New Hampshire
  • Rationale: Striking a child with special needs during a therapy session.

  • Violations (2010r): I; IV, IV-E

  • Sanction: Revocation of membership and certification for life, effective Aug. 4, 2015.

Janine Wright, Orlando, Florida
  • Rationale: Felony conviction for fraudulently billing the Georgia Medicaid program for services never provided.

  • Violations (2003): I, I-M; III, III-D; IV, IV-B

  • Sanction: Withholding of membership and certification for 20 years, effective July 31, 2015.

Jo Elizabeth Bocock, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Rationale: Billing for services not provided, and creating false documentation indicating presence during service provision.

  • Violations (2010): I, I-O; III, III-D; IV, IV-C

  • Sanction: Censure, effective April 28, 2015.

Rocio Cabrera, Buford, Georgia
  • Rationale: Canceling scheduled clients without adequate notice to see other clients for another employer.

  • Violations (2010): I, I-R

  • Sanction: Censure, effective Aug. 4, 2015.

Susan DeRosa, San Antonio, Texas
  • Rationale: Submitting billing for therapy that was not provided while employed by a rehabilitation center.

  • Violations (2010): I, I-O; III, III-E; IV, IV-C

  • Sanction: Censure, effective April 30, 2015.

Angela Driggers, Simsboro, Louisiana
  • Rationale: Failure to properly document and accurately bill time spent with patients.

  • Violations (2010r): I, I-M; III, III-D; IV, IV-C

  • Sanction: Censure, effective April 30, 2015.

Marianne Ledonne, Saint Albans, West Virginia
  • Rationale: Co-signing reports without awareness that her supervisee was unlicensed and co-signing reports for services that she neither rendered nor supervised.

  • Violations (2010): Principle I, I-D, I-O; III, III-D, III-E; IV, IV-C

  • Sanction: Censure, effective April 28, 2015.

Leanne Merlo, Rahway, New Jersey
  • Rationale: Inappropriately administering a standardized test and reporting standardized test scores, and writing an inaccurate and incomplete speech and language evaluation report.

  • Violations (2010): Principle I, I-A, I-O.

  • Sanction: Censure, effective April 28, 2015.

Tracy T. Trumbell, Chicago, Illinois
  • Rationale: Admission of misrepresentation by incorrectly documenting clinical services.

  • Violations (2010): III, III-D; IV, IV-C

  • Sanction: Censure, effective Aug. 5, 2015.

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