State Legislative Agenda

Legislative Info from Lobby Day 2018

2018 and 2019 are going to be very important legislative years for the association that will directly impact your profession and your jobs.  
Just a few highlights of what is on tap:  
Board of Examiners (currently 2 PTs, 2 public members, 1 physician).  This is a holdover from before direct access when we couldn't see patients without a referral.  Our goal is to have the physician removed in favor of another PT.
Title/Term Protection:  Listing DPT as a designation on our state licenses.  It is important for us to protect this term so it doesn't get used by any other professions.  APTA has a goal of having DPT be the primary designation in the future and this aligns with that vision.
If you'd like to read more about these or other issues please stay tuned for updates to the website and the APTA Action App (download it today!)


sSB 171



This bill prohibits anyone from using the term “Doctor of Physical Therapy” or the letters “D.P.T.” unless the person is licensed as a physical therapist and has a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from an accredited higher education institution. A violation is a class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both (CGS § 20-73(c)).

The bill also removes obsolete statutory references to “registered physical therapist” and “R.P.T.”




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