This website provides basic information about the Human Trafficking Bill, Chapter 2019-152, Laws of Florida, which addresses healthcare professionals licensed by the following Boards: Acupuncture, Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Podiatric Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing Home Administration, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics and Nutrition, Respiratory Care, Massage Therapy, and Physical Therapy. Healthcare professionals licensed by these Boards must complete one hour of continuing education (CE) on human trafficking and post a sign about human trafficking in their office by January 1, 2021.
The legislation also requires that new Massage Establishments have a Designated Establishment Manager (or DEM) starting July 1, 2019 and that all Massage Establishments, regardless of the time the license was issued, have one no later than January 1, 2020 Chapter 2019-152, Laws of Florida, also amended the provisions governing when the Board shall take disciplinary action against a Massage Establishment’s license. Finally, Massage Establishments are required to implement a procedure for reporting suspected human trafficking by January 1, 2021 and have a sign outlining that procedure posted in their establishment.
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The bill also requires that establishments implement a procedure for reporting suspected human trafficking and post a sign in an area accessible to employees with the relevant provisions of that procedure. The Board of Massage Therapy will be adopting Rules to implement this requirement. Information on rulemaking can be found in the Board’s meeting agendas published on our website at: https://floridasmassagetherapy.gov/meeting-information.
Massage Establishments licensed after July 1, 2019 are required to have a Designated Establishment Manager (DEM). Massage Establishments licensed before July 1, 2019 must name a DEM by January 1, 2020. A DEM must be a licensed Massage Therapist with a clear and active license without restriction, practice at the establishment, and be responsible for the operation of the establishment in accordance with the laws and rules. Below are the new and revised draft forms for establishments which incorporate the requirement for a DEM. These forms are listed below and will be considered at the next meeting of the Board of Massage Therapy.