2017 Proposed Changes to Nevada State’s Massage Therapy Law

time for changeNRS 640.C governs the massage therapy profession and the professionals who are licensed by the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists (NSBMT). In late-2016, with their newest Executive Director, Sandy Anderson, the NSBMT asked Honorable Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton to sponsor a Bill that would primarily change the constituency of the licensees holding state, professional massage therapy licenses. There are several points to the Bill, as it is currently written and Introduced by Assemblywoman Carlton, that, as massage therapists, affect us.

The Bill – a proposal, ready to be signed into law by the Governor if the state Assembly and the state Senate pass it – first known as BDR 766 when introduced on December 10, 2016, and has been formally introduced to the Assembly as AB 179 on February 13, 2017, proposes to do several things:

  1. Change the name of the board: from the “Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists” to the “Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy
  2. Add two new license types to the currently-existing Licensed Massage Therapists, et al: Licensed Reflexologist, et al; and, Licensed Structural Integration Practitioner, et al. Reflexology would be moved from under NRS 629 “Wellness Services” to NRS 640.C; Structural Integration Practitioner would be a newly-created license under this Bill. Each new license would have its own educational, legal, and Application requirements.
  3. Change the composition of the NSBMT: from 7 Board Members to 9 Board Members:  the 2 additional Board members would be – one each – from the newly-added fields to the NSBMT’s domain: a NSBMT-licensed Reflexologist and an NSBMT-licensed Structural Integration Practitioner.
  4. Add Establishments to its regulatory oversight: Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Structural Integration Establishments would – additionally, to local regulation (if any) – come under the Board’s regulation. A [maximum] Inspection Fee of $50 would be levied for each Board-initiated Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Structural Integration Establishment request for inspection.
  5. Change the license Renewal Period: from every One Year (annually) to every Two Years (biennially) – the Renewal Fee would double to $300 but only be required every two years…so the annual amount of the Renewal Fee would not change.

The NSBMT is expecting to nearly double the number of licensees under NRS 640.C and the fiscal impact of all the proposed changes contained in the Bill have little to no effect on the licensees. For the item changing the Renewal Period from annual to biennial, it has been projected as an annual $16,000 savings to the NSBMT.

 

We will be keeping you up-to-date about the progress of this Bill, here in this post.

There will also be a live Q & A Session mediated by the Chapter to answer any questions that we can on Monday, February 27th, 2017, at 5:30pm, hosted at the Nevada School of Massage Therapy. Please join us to ask your questions and offer your opinions.

The Nevada Chapter will be polling its members via email contact regarding their thoughts about this new, striking change to the face of our state board here in Nevada – be on the watch for that email. The Chapter’s Mission is to empower AMTA-NV Chapter members and one way we do that is by getting feedback from our members and presenting it to interested parties for review…like the NSBMT.

If you would like to Comment directly to the Nevada Legislature, here is the link: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/79th2017/A/

This and Other Bills regarding massage therapy that are being heard in the Nevada Legislature’s 79th Session are being watched and reported on at our Government Relations page.

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Let’s Play Monopoly!

LPMboard2013v2Object of the Game:  Collect as many “properties” as you can by correctly answering weekly-posted questions.  Bring your “properties” to the Annual AMTA-Nevada General Meeting and place them on the board spaces.  Each of up to 8 board spaces will have a drawing for massage therapy-related prizes, courtesy of our Sponsors.  You may win some great prizes that will enhance your knowledge even more or your massage practice!  All AMTA-NV Chapter members and Annual Meeting Attendees are welcome to participate.

How to Play:  Weekly, beginning April 1st, 2013, you will receive an email (as a Nevada chapter member) inviting you to participate in answering an ANATOMY essay question**.  There is only one correct answer—judge’s(s’) decisions are final as to the answer and who wins the Weekly prize.

The Weekly Prize Winner is drawn at random from all the correct answers received for that week’s Correct Answer to that week’s Weekly Question.  Answers and Weekly Winner’s first name/last name initial will be published on the AMTA-NV website.  The Property cards and Weekly Prize will be mailed USPS to your AMTA address on file.

**When you receive your weekly email invitation with the question, you must Reply to the email address from which you were sent the contest email.  Each participant will be sent a Property card to HOLD ON TO.

Play Day:  Bring Your Property cards collected to the 2013 AMTA-Nevada Annual General Meeting on June 3, 2013, at 9:00 am.  Property cards can only be redeemed as a Chance to win prize drawings ( up to 8 ) for each Property on the Board  – Properties are transferable. Register to attend the Annual General Meeting now!

 

View the 2013 Prize List – GREAT massage-related prizes will be waiting for You thanks to our gracious game Sponsors!

Watch your email inbox for invitations to answer Weekly Questions about Anatomy.  The idea is to learn and enjoy competing with others in your field.  Good luck to all of you!

 

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2012 Let’s Play Monopoly Question Sponsors:

Educated Touch, Nathan Nordstrom LMT

Nathan is providing anatomy questions for Let’s Play Monopoly!  He is the owner of Educated Touch in Gresham, Oregon, (an NCBTMB-approved Provider) and appeared as a Guest Presenter at the 2011 AMTA-NV State Convention facilitating his professional anatomy tour class at Bodies…the Exhibition.  He teaches massage courses at Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, and manages is massage therapy practice.

 

Thousand Petaled Lotus, Michelle Viesselman LMT

Michelle is providing anatomy questions for Let’s Play Monopoly!  She is the owner of Thousand Petaled Lotus Continuing Education for Massage Therapists in Las Vegas, Nevada, (an NCBTMB-approved Provider) and has taught at AMTA-NV State Conventions over the years.  She currently is 2nd Vice-President of the NV Chapter and instructs massage therapy students at Nevada Career Institute.  She also manages her own massage therapy practice in Las Vegas, NV.

Sponsors Show Appreciation for AMTA-NV Members at June 4th, 2012, Annual Meeting

At this year’s 2012 AMTA-Nevada Chapter Annual Meeting, we’re trying something new: Let’s Play Monopoly! Participating in this email version of a classic game will help educate members (regarding some anatomy questions from Educated Touch and Thousand Petaled Lotus) and put members in touch with products and services from well-known and ever-supportive massage therapy and wellness industry Sponsors.
Amongst this year’s Sponsors and the prizes they are giving the members at the Annual Meeting during Let’s Play Monopoly:

The Nevada Chapter is very happy to bring our members quality products and services that they can use in their practices of massage therapy and professional lives!

To Register for this amazing opportunity to learn, network, win Sponsored prizes, and eat, Massage Therapists may register online – Register Now!

Thank You, Sponsors!