SB-180 Killed due to a technicality. We will keep you informed and updated as future attempts unfold.
|Dear AMTA Family,
As you may have already heard, Senate Bill 180 was introduced last week. This legislation was introduced by Senator Bramble at the request of a very small group of massage establishment owners.
SB 180 seeks to create a second, inferior tier of licensure with less than 200 hours of education. These potential “certified massage practitioners” would therefore be unable to sit for the MBLEX, and would begin working on clients without basic understanding of draping, cleanliness, contraindications, anatomy and physiology, along with a host of other skills required for this healthcare profession.
Additionally, this bill allows for these individuals to be under direct supervision of physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and physical therapists. This is concerning, as these specific health care professionals, while qualified in their own scopes of practice, would not be prepared to safely supervise an individual with less than the accepted bare minimum of entry level education.
AMTA-UT volunteers and the AMTA Government Relations team have been working diligently with our lobbying team to ensure that we protect the standards of our profession and the safety of the public. AMTA continues to support you and the entire massage community.
Your AMTA Team
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Call to Action Utah SB 180, a bill to create a second tier of licensure as a “Certified Massage Practitioner” with educational requirements at 150 hours or below passed through committee this week and
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Utah SB 180, a bill to create a second tier of licensure as a “Certified Massage Practitioner” with educational requirements at 150 hours or below passed through committee this week and has moved back to the Senate floor.
This potential “CMP” would be practicing under the same scope of practice as a Utah Licensed Massage Therapist, under supervision of an LMT, Physician, Osteopath, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, or Physical Therapist. This is concerning, as these specific health care professionals, while qualified in their own scopes of practice, would not be suited to safely supervise an individual with less than the accepted bare minimum of entry level education.
As an issue of public safety, licensure provides assurance to the public by setting minimal qualifications and competencies for safe entry-level practitioners. Massage licensure creates accountability to clients and ensures education and training standards in order to provide protection for both the public and the industry, setting us apart from those elements who seek to corrupt the good name of massage.
We urge you to call or email your state legislators to oppose SB 180 and preserve your ability to practice as a recognized professional.
Thank you for your support of massage therapy!
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