Dear CT Dental Hygienists, The ADHP Bill is on the House Floor ... House Bill # 5616 (File # 348) Please call your Representatives even if you have called before we need to write and call now - as those who oppose this bill are lobbying hard ...ask them to Please speak - on your behalf - to their colleagues in support of the advanced dental hygiene practitioner bill. Tell them that you appreciate the support of this important effort. Please help us obtain a positive outcome. Stress that The ADHP is a dental hygienist educated at the master’s degree level, who may provide direct preventive and primary dental services to the underserved in Connecticut as a member of an integrated oral health team. The education is specific to ADHP and the education hours are equal or greater than the education for health care providers who provide the same service. FYI below (also attached as a document) is information that addresses the concerns that have come to our attention. To find your legislators go to http://cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp and type in your home address. Include the words "Support HB 5616" in the subject line. To view a history of the Bill 5616 (File # 348) go to http://cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB5616& which_year=2011&SUBMIT1.x=7&SUBMIT1.y=11 ‘AN ACT CONCERNING AN ADVANCED DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE PILOT PROGRAM’
The safety and quality of mid-level dental providers is well-proven. o Other countries use mid-level practitioners to improve access and reduce costs. o Dozens of high-quality research studies by highly respected academic and research institutions have proven that mid-level practitioners provide safe, high-quality dental care.
· Connecticut is not the only state in the nation to consider a mid-level oral health practitioner. o
In 2009, Minnesota passed legislation allowing a “mid-level” oral health
provider into state statute - The mid-level providers will provide educational, preventive, palliative, therapeutic, and restorative services to underserved populations. o Six other states have introduced legislation to establish a mid-level oral health provider. · The ADHP will be a licensed dental hygienist educated at the Master’s degree level. o A Master’s degree is the general academic standard for mid-level providers. o The ADHP master’s program is specific to advanced dental hygiene practice. ·
ADHPs will be supervised by dentists. o
The legislation requires a collaborative agreement.
o ADHP is limited to specified services and procedures; identified in the legislation. ·
ADHPs will not perform “complex dental surgical procedures.” o ADHPs will perform only procedures for which they are educated and clinically trained. o
ADHPs will refer patients when more advanced treatment is needed.
ADHPs practice in Public Health Settings; o
Serve primarily low-income and uninsured in underserved areas.
o No one is required to work with an ADHP – the ADHP program will be voluntary. ·
The ADHP education program will be rigorous and must meet
accreditation requirements. o
The ADHP master’s education program will be taught in an institution
accredited by the Governors of Higher Education. § When a new practitioner is developed, such as this one, accreditation agencies wait until the first education programs have been established and the first graduates enter practice before they establish accreditation standards.
§ The Commission on Dental Accreditation convened the Task Force on New Dental Team Members to investigate whether the Commission should establish a process of accreditation for educational programs in new areas of allied dentistry. ·
The ADHP concept has broad support. o More than 50 organizations including community clinics, colleges and universities, hospitals, nursing homes, medical providers, and leading nonprofits.
Access to dental care is a serious and growing problem. o Dental care is one of the most prevalent health needs among Connecticut children and adults. o Connecticut’s emergency rooms report ER visits related to oral health costing millions.
· There is a severe shortage of dentists – particularly among our neediest populations. o 60 percent of Connecticut dentists are expected to retire in the next 15 – 20 years. o According to the Department of Public Health (DPH), as of April, 2010, Connecticut currently has 98 Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designations representing all or parts of 32 towns in each of Connecticut’s 8 counties. This information is updated every three years and can be found at: http://ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=388118 Mary Moran Boudreau, RDH, MBA Executive Director Connecticut Dental Hygienists' Association, Inc. P O Box 1091 Hartford, Connecticut 06143-1091 Telephone: 860-688-7307 Fax: 860-688-5188 Website: www.cdha-rdh.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org