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May 22, 2015

NEW ARKANSAS MASSAGE THERAPY LAW

ACT 1020 OF 2015


Act 1020 of 2015 was signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson on April 6, 2015. The law abolishes the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy and transfers it to the State Board of

Health and the Arkansas Department of Health. The Act also creates the Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee.

Most provisions of Act 1020 go into effect on October 1, 2015. There is nothing you need to do at this time. We will keep you informed about developments as they occur.

Important Provisions of Act 1020:

1. Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee (Section 8). The State Board of Health will appoint a seven (7) member Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee (MTTAC). Each memberís term shall be three (3) years. Six (6) of the members must be licensees. Only one (1) of these may be the owner of a massage therapy school. The remaining member represents the public and cannot be engaged in or retired from the practice of massage therapy.

If you are interested in being considered for membership on the MTTAC and meet one of the requirements above,please email Renee Mallory, Arkansas Department of Health, at renee.mallory@arkansas.gov by 4:30 p.m. on July 31. 2015. Please include your name, contact information, qualifications, and how your membership would benefit the MTTAC and the Massage Therapy profession.

2. Postsecondary Schools. Two provisions of Act 1020, Sections 6 and 18, regard establishing the curriculum for postsecondary schools and go into effect immediately. According to these Sections, the State Board of Massage Therapy must establish a standard educational curriculum for massage therapy schools and the curriculum must distinguish between secondary and postsecondary educational requirements. The State Board of Massage Therapy will do this by Rulemaking. The Board of Health will approve this curriculum.

3. Renewals. All massage therapists, school owners, clinics, spas, etc., must continue to renew licenses and submit fees according to current law. Until further notice, please continue to submit your payments and renewal information to:

ASBMT
P.O. Box 2019
Little Rock, AR 72203

We will continue to keep you informed about what you will need to do as this transition occurs. In the meantime, please continue to follow current Arkansas Massage Therapy law. We encourage you to read over Act 1020, since it directly impacts you and your profession. Act 1020 can be found at:

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2015/2015R/Pages/BillInformation.aspx?measureno=SB145


If you have any questions, please contact Renee Mallory, renee.mallory@arkansas.gov

Sincerely,

Marilyn L. Graham

Executive Director