Kansas

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Kansas Bill Would Require Licensing of Massage Therapists

House Bill 2564, which has been introduced in the Kansas Legislature, would require massage therapists to become licensed for the purpose of protecting the public and ensuring that the standards of practice in the field are protected and preserved.  If passed, the bill would require massage therapists to become licensed by the state under the Kansas Board of Healing Arts (Board), and would establish a Massage Therapy Advisory Council to advise the Board in carrying out the provisions of the Act.

Kansas Committee Recommends that the State License Massage Therapists

As previously reported, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Kansas chapter submitted a sunrise document to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The sunrise document is an assessment and overview of the profession, focusing on whether there is a need to license massage therapists in Kansas. The KDHE Occupational Credentialing Technical Review Committee (Committee) was appointed to review the document in a series of four meetings and issued its decision today in Topeka at the final meeting.

Kansas Meetings on Massage Regulation Scheduled

As previously reported, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Kansas chapter submitted a sunrise document, essentially an assessment and overview of the profession focusing on whether there is a need to license massage therapists in Kansas, to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The KDHE Occupational Credentialing Technical Review Committee (Committee) has been appointed to review the document in a series of four meetings.

Kansas Committee Does Not Recommend Licensure of Massage Therapists

As reported in November, The KDHE Occupational Credentialing Technical Review Committee has been evaluating the American Massage Therapy Association’s sunrise document to determine whether the profession meets the criteria for regulation in Kansas. On Friday, December 11, 2009, the committee voted not to recommend to the state legislature the licensure of massage therapists in Kansas, stating the profession did not meet the criteria.

Kansas Committee Considering Recommendation to License Massage Therapists

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the AMTA Kansas chapter submitted a sunrise document (essentially an application to license massage therapists in Kansas) to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The KDHE Occupational Credentialing Technical Review Committee was appointed to review the document in a series of four meetings, two of which have already occurred; it will make a recommendation to the legislature whether massage therapy should be regulated in the state of Kansas based on this document.

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Senate Bill 572, sponsored by Senator David Wysong, was introduced in the Kansas State Legislature. The bill was assigned to the Public Health and Welfare Committee in the Senate for an initial hearing but it will not be heard because of scheduling conflicts. The bill is considered dead for the 2008 session. HB 572 would have established the Massage Therapy Practice Act and created the Kansas Massage Therapy Board to implement licensing for massage therapists. ABMP will inform members of legislative efforts that may be attempted in the future.

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