The new continuing education requirement aims to educate massage therapists on health equity so that the highest level of fair and just health and wellness may be provided to all.
Washington Legislative and Policy Developments
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The Washington Board of Massage and Department of Health (Department) have proposed two new rules related to health equity that affect continuing education and initial training requirements. You can share your thoughts on the rules with the Department by July 7.
The Washington legislature introduced House Bill 1437, the Massage Compact, in January 2023. The bill will make it easier for licensed massage therapists to work in other jurisdictions. If you believe an interstate license would benefit massage therapists, write a letter to your representatives.
The Washington Board of Massage (Board) must adopt health equity continuing education rules. Find out how you can participate in the rule-drafting process at the upcoming Board meeting on January 6, 2023.
The Washington Board of Massage (Board) and the Department of Health and Health Systems Quality Assurance Division are now accepting applications to fill the seat for the public member position.
The Washington Board of Massage and the Department of Health and Health Systems Quality Assurance Division are now accepting applications from massage educators or massage school owners.
The Washington Board of Massage extended the hands-on continuing education policy's expiration date through December 31, 2022.
The Washington Department of Health and Health Systems Quality Assurance Division is now accepting applications from licensed massage therapists to fill professional member vacancies on the Board of Massage. Apply for an appointment today!
On March 30, 2022, Governor Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5753, which increases the number of members on the Washington Board of Massage from four to seven.
The Washington Board of Massage met to discuss the ongoing difficulty in obtaining hands-on continuing education during COVID-19 and voted to push back the date for massage therapists to meet CE requirements until June 30, 2022.