MSHA Ethics

The 2023-24 Chair of the Ethics Committee is Heather Balog
The Committee Members are Heather Isaacson, Nicole Stewart, MaryAnn Derkacz, Marileda Tome, Kelli Pierce and Sarah Killinger

Are you wondering if your next step is ethical according the ASHA or MSHA Code of Ethics?  Are you concerned about an ethical question related to your work?  The MSHA Committee on Ethics can assist you.  Our role is to provide education, discussion, or resources for you to consider.   If you have a question regarding professional ethics you can use the MSHA Committee on Ethics Consult Form.  No Identifying information is required except the method by which you'd like to receive a reply.  You may send your completed consult request to the Committee at

Please note we are not a place to file a complaint or report.  If you have significant concern about a colleague you should report them to the ASHA Ethics Board at or the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Updated Issues in ASHA Ethics 

Beginning with the 2020–2022, ASHA certification maintenance interval, ASHA certificate holders will have to earn one of their 30 required certification maintenance hours (CMHs) in Ethics.  MSHA is pleased to announce that we will be offering 1-hour class on General Ethics that will fulfill this requirement at the 2024 Annual Conference, April 18-20, 2024 at the VanDyke Convention Center in Muskegon. 

Need more practical information about the ASHA Code of Ethics? Look no further than the Issues in Ethics statements (IESs) written by the Board of Ethics. The Issues in Ethics statements have been updated by the Board of Ethics to conform to the Code of Ethics (2016). 

Members and certificate holders can benefit from the additional analysis and guidance that an IES provides; however, an IES doesn't absolutely prohibit or require specified activity—the facts and circumstances surrounding a matter of concern will determine whether the activity is ethical.
The Issues in Ethics Statement includes the following:

Questions? Contact ASHA Ethics at


MSHA Code of Ethics
ASHA Code of Ethics
ASHA summary of self-referral and anti-kickback regulations