Arkansas State Board of Health To Regulate Massage
AR S 145 was passed by the Arkansas state legislature and has been signed into law. The new law abolishes the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy and transfers all of the Board’s powers, duties, and functions, including rulemaking, licensing, and adjudications, to the Arkansas State Board of Health. The main provisions of the law go into effect on October 1, 2015.
This is purely an administrative transfer and most therapists should not notice any change in how their licenses are handled. However, you should make a note of your license renewal date and keep an eye out for mail from the Arkansas State Board of Health around that time, since starting in October renewal notices will be mailed by that agency instead of the State Board of Massage.
After October 1, 2015, questions you may have about state massage licensing should be directed to the Arkansas Board of Health at email: ADH.Legal@arkansas.gov or phone: 501-661-2878.
There are two seats open to licensed massage therapists. You must be nominated by a massage organization for a vacancy, and ABMP can help nominate you. Let us know if you're interested and find out how to apply!
The US Department of Education issued final rules on October 31 that will likely greatly impact clock-hour programs in states with minimum clock-hour requirements for licensure or certification, including massage therapy. The new rule is flawed and, if not changed, will cause devastating collateral damage to schools, instructors, students, and the public. Find out how you can advocate!
School owners, operators, and instructors—use our advocacy template to send to your state senators and representatives to make them reconsider the "150%" rule amendment. Add your own opinions and experiences to make your letter more personal and impactful.