2017 Changes to Nevada State’s Massage Therapy Law, et al NSBMT updates

time for changeThis article was originally published as “2017 Proposed Changes to Nevada State’s Massage Therapy Law” on 2/20/2017; it has been updated as of 6/5/2017.

NRS 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 licensees holding professional licenses under the NSBMT. There are several additional points to the Bill, as it was written and Introduced by Assemblywoman Carlton, that, as massage therapists, affect us.

The Bill was first known as BDR 766 when introduced on December 10, 2016, and had been formally introduced to the Assembly as AB 179 on February 13, 2017, and is now resolved* 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 is moved from under NRS 629 “Wellness Services” to NRS 640.C; Structural Integration Practitioner is a newly-created license under this Bill. Each new license has its own educational, legal, and Application requirements (TBD by NSBMT-mediated Workshop (dates TBD)).
  3. Change the composition of the NSBMT: from 7 Board Members to 9 Board Members:  the 2 additional Board members are – 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 are – additionally, to local regulation (if any) – under the Board’s regulation. A [maximum] Inspection Fee of $50 is 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 has doubled to $300 but is only required every two years.

The Nevada School of Massage Therapy hosted a live Q & A Session on February 27, 2017, where the AMTA-Nevada Chapter presented this information and opened up the floor for comments and questions. About 33 people were in attendance, the majority of which were matriculating students of NSMT’s program, including NSMT staff, AMTA members, and MT professionals. The session lasted about 45 minutes and was presented by Chapter President Mavies Gascon and Immediate Past President David Otto.

The Nevada Chapter members were email-noticed on 3/14 & 3/26/2017 to participate in a poll available during the period of 3/14-3/28/2017 as to their positions and opinions on AB 179.  Subsequent to the closing of the poll, Nevada Chapter President Mavies Gascon attended a May 5th public hearing of the Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy regarding Amendment(s)-considered and reported the chapter members’ position of Support for AB 179. Here is the crux of what he reported:

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*The Act AB 179 was signed into law, recorded June 1, 2017, and goes into effect as of July 1, 2017. The NSBMT is anticipating that licenses for Reflexologists and Structural Integration Practitioners will be available for application and required for practice on Jan 1, 2018.

Other NSBMT Updates:

  • Completed inspections of Nevada Massage Therapy Establishments by the NSBMT have resulted in 18 closures during the January to May, 2017, time-frame.
  • The NSBMT is committed to a “less than 15-day turnaround” for actions on New and Renewing NSBMT License Applications.
  • The NSBMT is removing the ‘Pre-application’ process for license Applications.
  • The NSBMT anticipates a software update to the Licensee Account Area that will allow a user to upload/record CEHs being used for his/her next Renewal PRIOR to his/her Renewal Application process and 90-day window prior to expiration of his/her current license period.

 

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Sponsors Show Appreciation for AMTA-Nevada Members at June 3rd, 2013, Annual Meeting

Thank_you_001At this year’s 2013 AMTA-Nevada Chapter Annual Meeting, we’re again playing Let’s Play Monopoly! Participating in this email version of a classic game will help educate members 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!

Conscious Giving

This is the time of year when the gift of massage is most given, when those in need’s voices are heeded, and when massage therapy professionals’ families may get the most benefit from a visit from their family’s massage therapist.

It is a great time for a reminder to people who have worked diligently and exhaustingly all year to get a massage from their friendly, neighborhood massage therapist – a time to relax and let their hair down for a re-centering, rejuvenating time of healing and introspection while on the table, their mini-vacation, during this holiday season.  It is a great time for those who get massage regularly, for rehabilitation or pain management, to revisit why massage therapy is such a great “healer” and re-evaluate their relationship with massage.

Did you ever think about contributing your talent, skill, and intention for massage therapy to the less fortunate than those of your family, friends, and clients?

Did you ever think about creating value for your clients AND increasing your personal growth using your talent and skill as a massage therapist?

What if you could touch the quality of life of a person that you do not know nor would ever have come in contact with if it were not for your good nature and willingness to share the power of touch through massage?

There are such possibilities and opportunities – your gift to your community this year can be:

  • at a homeless shelter, where touch services are rare.
  • in a hospital, where touch services are needed to assist in recovery and pain management.
  • free massage session(s) for a local fundraising effort, to either encourage donations to the charity by donors that would “win” your free massage OR give free chair massages to the volunteers that coordinate/facilitate the fundraising activities.

There are many ways in which you can do something to provide your massage community with the value of massage…that doesn’t cost a lot for you or the client of your intent.

As we prepare to fulfill those gift-given certificates, also prepare to consider lending a helping hand to those who need a massage and may not be able to afford it – create, for yourself and your existence as a practitioner in your community, a value that extends beyond your ability to discount your service pricing and reaches the far corners of your community where massage is valued as a form of positive, life-changing experience that has no cost and immeasurable value.

David J Otto LMT, AMTA-Nevada Chapter President

Think about a few ways, and Comment here – your sharing may just spark that holiday-giving attitude in another massage therapist that can lead to great things!

Report: August 17, 2012 chapter member meeting

attending the August 17 member meeting
(more pics)

Our member meeting at Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas last Friday was a great time for all: many members got to meet colleagues (some of whom live “just around the corner”) and share some good food and information.

Sally Hacking joined the chapter, from Florida, as it’s Government Relations Consultant – she gave the attending members a brief overview of her role with the chapter and advice that she has given and may yet give the chapter regarding the promotion of the massage therapy profession in Nevada.

Michelle Viesselman & Brad Enerson, Nevada chapter Delegates going to the 2012 House of Delegates in Raleigh this October at the National AMTA Convention, presented 6 proposed Position Statements and 2 Recommendations to the members.  A brief outline of what a Delegate’s role in the chapter is and some specific conversation about the Position Statements and Recommendations made for a lively and interactive presentation.

Judi Calvert of Hands-On Trade Association, CAMTC, and the World of Massage Museum presented some information about the history of the AMTA in Nevada and the chapter – there were members here in Nevada before there was an organized chapter (more to come on our history!).

We’d like to thank our NV State Convention Sponsors for providing some great prizes for giveaway, including a Retail Starter Kit (a counter-top display, valued at $125) from Biofreeze that went to our lucky winner Judi!

Come out and find out…at our next chapter member meeting – email hidden; JavaScript is required if you have any ideas for Topics!