Dan Sweetwood and Joe Cote gathered the ALD Task Force to a workshop in Nashville in August. He charged the Task Force to discuss specific issues and recommend solutions that will set the course for the ALD. Also, Dan lead the group with a vision for a Best Practices Guidelines and checklist created to inform state boards of the workings of the ALD.
Information in the ALD
The group was presented a spreadsheet displaying a list of the data fields transmitted to the ALD by each participating state. Each area of data was discussed relative to its importance and value. There was a consensus that all of the data listed would be nice to have; however, all agreed that information relating to disciplinary action is very helpful for enforcement. After reviewing the information already contained in the system, the group brainstormed about new links and tools that could be added to the ALD that would improve the efficiency in state board processes. Several ideas emerged and were noted for further consideration.
With mobility and reciprocity, there are at least two pieces of information that are critical – license status and incidents of disciplinary action in all states where licensed. Quick and easy access to this information is very valuable. In the state’s system, these data fields are often one-word codes and vary widely by state in meaning. It was decided that having additional state-specific descriptive information in the ALD would be most helpful.
With mobility becoming prevalent, a new issue has emerged – the need to share information on the ALD regarding persons not licensed in “my” state. Often the board has little identifying information on the person but has important information about activities relating to the person in question. The ALD is based on a person being licensed. There is a need to expand the ALD to allow for entering information on an unlicensed person having activities in a reporting state. An idea was born to create a new area that would primarily contain disciplinary information for nonlicensed persons.