COVID-19 Online Information and Resources:
The following are online resources to assist and guide you as you in making an informed and responsible decisions and determinations of how to proceed with providing massage services during this time.
Oregon Health Authority's COVID -19
OHA's website is the best resource to track the latest Oregon news and guidelines on COVID-19. You may sign up for email updates through the site to ensure that you receive the most recent news and regular email updates from OHA.
Among the many resources provided are information articles and flyers specific to Healthcare Providers, Individuals and Families, and more.
Governor Kate Brown's COVID -19 Resource Page
The Governor's Office Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information and Resources
Governor Kate Brown's office has launched a webpage addressing the COVID-19 outbreak, including state and federal updates, Frequently Asked Questions, and more.
The Governor's Office Newsroom
Visit the Governor's newsroom webpage for the latest press releases and statements.
Your Local Public Health Dept.
Your local Public Health Dept. may be able to provide specific and relevant information regarding COVID-19 news in your community.
A directory of Oregon county health departments can be found here.
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC has information on what's happening in the U.S. with the virus. The site offers information and recommendations specific to practitioners, including self-care during the outbreak and infection control procedures. The site provides a sign up for CDC email updates.
Your Liability Insurance Carrier
Your Insurance Carrier should be able to provide guidance specific to practicing massage or providing client services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 RULES SUSPENSION
Effective March 24, 2020 through September 30, 2020:
- Completed Renewal Applications remain due on the 1st of an LMT’s birth month.
However, late fees will be waived through September 30, 2020, allowing Licensees additional time to renew their license without a penalty.
Please note: the suspension of the late fees required by OAR 334-010-0015 will expire on September 30, 2020. At this time, the late fee will be reinstated effective October 1, 2020. LMTs due to renew October 2020 and later will be assessed late fees if a completed renewal is not received by the 1st day of an LMT’s renewal month
- LMTs who do not complete the renewal application by the last day of their birth month will lapse. This rule has not been suspended or waived.
- The number of required CE hours is reduced from 25 hours to 12 hours for completed renewal applications received in the Board office between March 24, 2020, to September 30, 2020, only. ORS 687.051 (5) requires renewal applicants to complete a minimum of 12 CE hours. The Board is unable to waive or suspend statutory requirements, and unable to reduce the minimum hours to less than the 12 hours required by statute.
Please note: Renewal Applications submitted after September 30, 2020, or incomplete renewal applications submitted prior to September 30, 2020 and not completed by that date must complete the 25 CE hours, including a minimum of 15 contact hours, as required by OAR 334-010-0015.
- The requirement of “contact” or “classroom” hours is waived until September 30, 2020. The 12 required CE hours may be contact, non-contact, or both.
- The one hour Cultural Competency CE is a statutory requirement under ORS 413.450 and must be completed. The Cultural Competency may be completed as either a “non contact” or a “contact” CE course, and may be applied towards the 12 required CE hours.
- The Pain Management Module, provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC), available on the Board’s website, remains a requirement and must be completed. The Pain Management Module may be counted as 1 hour of non-contact towards the 12 hour CE requirement.
- Current Basic Life Support certification at the time of renewal remains a requirement. The BLS course can be “in-person” or completed online, and the hours spent obtaining BLS Certification may be counted towards the 12 required CE hours.
- The 4 hour Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication requirement is suspended for completed renewal applications received between March 24, 2020, and September 30, 2020. Renewal applications received during this time period do not have to include four hours of Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication.
- Renewal Applications submitted after September 30, 2020, including incomplete renewal applications submitted prior to September 30, 2020 and not completed by September 30, 2020, must complete the 25 CE hours required by OAR 334-010-0015, including a minimum of 15 contact hours, and the Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication requirement.
NEW CE REQUIREMENTS:
1. Effective July 1, 2019: Pain Management Module - All licensees must take and submit proof of completing the 1 hour online Pain management module, provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC), at least once, by a licensee's next required continuing education reporting.
2. Effective January 1, 2019: BLS CPR - All applications for licensure must be accompanied by proof of current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) designed for professional health care providers. The CPR certification standard is the American Heart Association's Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Providers Course or its equivalent. A CPR certification card must include an expiration date.
* Please NOTE that BLS CPR is required for all applicants for license renewal and initial license.
3. CE Requirement Effective January 1, 2020: Cultural Competency - All licensees will have to take and submit at least one hour of cultural competency as part of the required 25 hours of continuing education.
2019 Holiday Closure