Senate Bill No. 516
               Senate Bill No. 516

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-9


AN   ACT   CONCERNING   ACUPUNCTURE.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  20-206bb  of the general statutes, as
amended by section 9  of  public  act  97-213,  is
repealed  and the following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a)   No   person  shall  perform  acupuncture
unless  he  has   obtained   a   license   as   an
acupuncturist pursuant to this section.
    (b)  Each  person   seeking  licensure  as  an
acupuncturist  shall  make  application  on  forms
prescribed by the  department,  pay an application
fee of one  hundred  dollars  and  present  to the
department satisfactory evidence  that  he (1) has
completed sixty semester hours, or its equivalent,
of  postsecondary  study   in  an  institution  of
postsecondary education which,  if  in  the United
States or its  territories,  was  accredited  by a
recognized  regional  accrediting   body   or,  if
outside the United  States or its territories, was
legally chartered to  grant  postsecondary degrees
in  the  country   in   which   located,  (2)  has
successfully  completed  a   course  of  study  in
acupuncture in a  program  which,  at  the time of
graduation,  was  in   candidate  status  with  or
accredited by an  accrediting agency recognized by
the  United States  Department  of  Education  and
which included a  minimum  of  one  thousand three
hundred  fifty  hours  of  didactic  and  clinical
training, five hundred of which were clinical, (3)
has  passed  an   examination  prescribed  by  the
department and (4)  has  successfully  completed a
course in clean needle technique prescribed by the
department. ANY PERSON SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THE
EDUCATION, EXAMINATION OR TRAINING REQUIREMENTS OF
THIS SECTION IN  A  LANGUAGE  OTHER  THAN  ENGLISH
SHALL BE DEEMED  TO HAVE SATISFIED THE REQUIREMENT
COMPLETED IN THAT LANGUAGE.
    (c)  AN  APPLICANT   FOR   LICENSURE   AS   AN
ACUPUNCTURIST   BY   ENDORSEMENT   SHALL   PRESENT
EVIDENCE  SATISFACTORY  TO   THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION AS AN ACUPUNCTURIST, OR
AS A PERSON  ENTITLED  TO PERFORM SIMILAR SERVICES
UNDER A DIFFERENT DESIGNATION, IN ANOTHER STATE OR
JURISDICTION WHOSE REQUIREMENTS  FOR PRACTICING IN
SUCH  CAPACITY ARE  SUBSTANTIALLY  SIMILAR  TO  OR
HIGHER THAN THOSE OF THIS STATE AND THAT THERE ARE
NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS  OR  UNRESOLVED COMPLAINTS
PENDING. ANY PERSON COMPLETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF
THIS SECTION IN  A  LANGUAGE  OTHER  THAN  ENGLISH
SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE SATISFIED THE REQUIREMENTS
OF THIS SECTION.
    [(c)]  (d)  Notwithstanding  the provisions of
subsection (b) of  this  section,  the  department
shall,  prior  to January 1, 1999, issue a license
to any applicant who presents  to  the  department
satisfactory  evidence  that he has (1) passed the
National  Commission  for  the  Certification   of
Acupuncturists  written  examination by test or by
credentials review, (2) successfully completed the
practical  examination  of  point  location skills
offered  by  the  National  Commission   for   the
Certification    of    Acupuncturists,   and   (3)
successfully completed a course  in  clean  needle
technique prescribed by the department pursuant to
subsection (b) of this section.
    [(d)]  (e)  Licenses shall be renewed annually
in accordance with the  provisions  of  subsection
(e)  of  section  19a-88,  AS AMENDED. The fee for
renewal shall be one hundred dollars.
    [(e)]  (f)  No  license  shall be issued under
this  section  to  any  applicant   against   whom
professional disciplinary action is pending or who
is the subject of an unresolved complaint in  this
or  any  other  state  or  territory of the United
States.
    [(f)]   (g)   Nothing   in   section  19a-89c,
20-206aa,  20-206cc  or  this  section  shall   be
construed to prevent licensed practitioners of the
healing arts, as  defined  in  sections  20-1  and
20-196,   physical  therapists  or  dentists  from
providing care or performing  services  consistent
with  accepted  standards  within their respective
professions.
    [(g)]  (h)  Notwithstanding  the provisions of
subsection  (a)  of  this  section,   any   person
certified  by  an  organization  approved  by  the
Commissioner  of  Public   Health   may   practice
auricular acupuncture for the treatment of alcohol
and  drug  abuse,  provided   the   treatment   is
performed  under  the  supervision  of a physician
licensed under chapter 370  and  is  performed  in
either   (1)   a  private  free-standing  facility
licensed by the Department of  Public  Health  for
the  care  or  treatment  of  substance abusive or
dependent persons, or (2) a  setting  operated  by
the  Department  of  Mental  Health  and Addiction
Services. The Commissioner of Public Health  shall
adopt   regulations,   in   accordance   with  the
provisions of  chapter  54,  to  ensure  the  safe
provision  of auricular acupuncture within private
free-standing   facilities   licensed    by    the
Department  of  Public  Health  for  the  care  or
treatment  of  substance  abusive   or   dependent
persons.

Approved April 24, 1998