PA 09-21—sHB 6266

Public Health Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRACTICE OF ACUPUNCTURE

SUMMARY: This act provides title protection to licensed acupuncturists and to individuals certified to practice auricular acupuncture for alcohol and drug abuse treatment.

The act prohibits unlicensed individuals from using the title of “acupuncturist” or advertising acupuncture services. Also, such individuals may not use any letters, words, or insignia in connection with their names that indicates or implies that they are licensed acupuncturists.

The act also prohibits a person from representing himself or herself as certified to practice auricular acupuncture for treatment of alcohol and drug abuse unless certified to do so. A person may not use the term “acupuncture detoxification specialist,” or the letters A. D. S. or any letters, words, or insignia indicating or implying that he or she is certified to practice auricular acupuncture for alcohol and drug abuse treatment unless certified under the law.

The act specifies that it should not be construed as preventing someone from providing care, or performing or advertising services within the scope of his or her license or as otherwise authorized by law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

BACKGROUND

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is treatment by inserting needles at a specified combination of points on the surface of the outer ear to aid in the detoxification and rehabilitation of substance abusers.

In order to practice auricular acupuncture in the state, the law requires individuals to be certified by an organization approved by the Department of Public Health (DPH). The treatment must be done under the supervision of a licensed physician and in either (1) a private freestanding facility for the care or treatment of substance abusive or dependent persons, licensed by DPH, or (2) a setting operated by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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