Massage Therapy Advisory Board Meeting

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Massage Therapy Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
North Campus, 1st Floor Public Meeting Room #125E
1106 Clayton Lane, Austin, Texas


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  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call, Certification of Quorum, and Introductions
  3. Approval of Minutes – June 11, 2019 Meeting
  4. Public Comment
    **Any person wishing to address the Advisory Board should complete a Public Comment Form and submit it to the Advisory Board Support Staff**
  5. Staff Reports – Briefing from Staff and Discussion:
    1. Licensing Division
      1. Statistics
    2. Customer Service Division
      1. Statistics
    3. Education and Examination Division
      1. Occupational & Technical Services Update
      2. Statistics
    4. Enforcement Division
      1. Current Projects
      2. Case Highlights
      3. Statistics
    5. Field Inspections Division
      1. Most Common Violations
      2. Recent Accomplishments
      3. Personnel Updates
      4. Statistics
    6. Regulatory Program Management Division
      1. Update and Discussion Regarding Massage Therapy Program Activities
    7. Executive Office
      1. Personnel Updates
      2. Update from the 86th Legislature, Regular Session 2019
      3. Communication Outreach Statistics
  6. Education and Examination Workgroup Update
  7. Discussion and possible recommendation on the proposed new rules, amendments to existing rules, and repeal of existing rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 130, regarding the Massage Therapy program. The proposed new rules, amendments, and repeals implement necessary changes as required by the 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), and the passage of House Bill (HB) 1865 and HB 2747. HB 1865 removes the five-year ban to obtain a license for violations of Chapter 455, Occupations Code; requires fingerprint criminal history checks; creates a student permit and authorizes fees; and requires massage schools report to the Department monthly progress reports. HB 2747 prohibits residing on the premises of massage establishments; requires a photograph on the licenses of massage therapists; and the posting of human trafficking information in massage schools and establishments. The proposed new rules, amendments, and repeals include recommendations from the work of the Standard of Care workgroup and Education and Examination workgroup that address draping standards, removes the prohibition on using testimonials in advertisements, and streamlines education and examinations for massage schools for clarity and efficiency.
  8. Recommendations for agenda items for next Board meeting
  9. Discussion of date, time, and location of next Board meeting
  10. Adjournment