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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Mentoring Our Future – November 22 & 23, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Mentoring Our Future – October 25 & 26, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Mentoring Our Future – September 13 & 14, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Mentoring Our Future – August 16 & 17, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Mentoring Our Future – July 5 & 6, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Mentoring Our Future – June 7 & 8, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Mentoring Our Future – April 26 & 27, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Mentoring Our Future – March 29 & 30, 2014

The skinny of the Skinny:

  • By email invitation only – this is a Nevada Chapter member benefit.
  • You must print an Eventbrite Ticket (attached to your RSVP confirmation email) and show your current NSBMT license to participate in this event.
  • Clinic hours are: 8am – 6pm – the last massage starts at 5:00pm.
  • The two-day event assumes the clinic closes from 6pm (Saturday) to 8am (Sunday) – please plan accordingly.
  • You must present your event ticket (received in the Eventbrite Registration system) AND your NSBMT license to the Clinic Manager PRIOR to signing in.
  • Only one “free” massage per member.  “half-priced” massages start on the member’s 2nd visit to the same clinic.
  • Please plan time to arrive, wait, get your massage, and evaluate your student practitioner – all in all, about 2 hours.

more detailed Details…

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If you are not yet an AMTA member, please join us!  More information about the benefits of membership and participating in shaping the profession are found here: http://www.amtamassage.org/membership/Benefits/professional.html

Second year of AMTA’s “Massage Therapy Tour”: Coming UP!

Last summer, the AMTA launched a public initiative, the AMTA Massage Therapy Tour, to put member-practitioners “in touch” with the potential clients & patients that want and need massage therapy services.  The AMTA’s member-populated locator service, Find-A-Massage-Therapist, is the featured component that enables the public to find a professional, proficient massage therapist.  Our members, along the Tour’s route and all around the nation through media outlets of television, magazine, newspaper, and online appearances, are the target of this innovative effort to educate and encourage massage therapy businesses to become known to their future (and current!) patrons.

Check out the video from AMTA’s Summer 2012 Tour:

AMTA-Tour-MapSince launching our multi-faceted consumer awareness program, AMTA has engaged 13 cities, hundreds of thousands of potential clients and nearly 100 member volunteers through the AMTA Massage Therapy Tour. We’ve been featured in 300 news items and reached millions of consumers…and, we’re just getting started!

The summer 2012 segment of the AMTA Massage Therapy Tour is complete, but we’re continuing proactive media outreach to educate the public on the benefits of massage, including targeted advertising.

Join us at the AMTA National Convention to see highlight coverage and elements of the Tour in person.

Start planning for AMTA’s 17th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW), October 20-26, 2013, to bring the benefits of massage to your community.

Stay tuned for additional updates on how we’re educating consumers on the benefits of massage, including 2013 AMTA Massage Therapy Tour details!