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The goal of the Dental Pilot Project Program is to encourage the development of innovative practices in oral health care delivery systems with a focus on providing care to populations that evidence-based studies have shown have the highest disease rates and the least access to dental care

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Project Updates

  • Dental Pilot Project #200, "Training Dental Hygienists to Place Interim Therapeutic Restorations" has been approved.
  • Dental Pilot Project #100, "Oregon Tribes Dental Health Aide Therapist Pilot Project" has been approved.

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Call for Applications to Serve on Advisory Committees for Dental Pilot Projects #100 and #200

Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for the Dental Pilot Project Program were amended on December 1, 2018, resulting in new language for advisory committees of approved dental pilot projects (OAR 333-010-0790). The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has revised the Advisory Committee Charter to align with the amended OARs. The revised charter includes a code of conduct for members and specifies terms of office.

To comply with the new terms of office, OHA is opening up membership on the Advisory Committees for dental pilot projects #100 and #200. The term for members currently serving on a Committee will end on June 15, 2019, but members may reapply to serve a second term.

If you are interested in participating on an Advisory Committee, please review the Charter to ensure you can follow the policies outlined. Then download and complete the Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee Application Form.

OHA will accept applications from May 3, 2019 - May 31, 2019. Those selected to serve on an Advisory Committee will be notified by June 13, 2019. The term of office will begin on June 16, 2019.

Oregon Administrative Rules, OAR 333-010 (Revised effective December 1, 2018)

Senate Bill 738, passed by the Oregon State Legislature in 2011, allows the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to approve and monitor dental pilot projects that are intended to evaluate the quality of care, access, cost, workforce and efficacy by:
  • Teaching new skills to existing categories of dental personnel;
  • Developing new categories of dental personnel;
  • Accelerating the training of existing categories of dental personnel; or
  • Teaching new oral health care roles to previously untrained persons.
Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) Chapter 716, Oregon Laws 2011 (temporary provisions relating to dental pilot projects are compiled as notes following ORS 680.210) authorizes the OHA Public Health Division, Oral Health Program to adopt administrative rules to establish the requirements of dental pilot project applications; the process for reviewing applications; approval or denial of applications; minimum standards for approved projects; evaluation and monitoring of pilot projects; suspension or termination of an approved pilot project; and discontinuation or closure of a project.

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 333 Division 10 contains the final rule text language for dental pilot projects. The OARs were last amended on December 1, 2018 to clarify the rules so that applicants and approved projects can better understand the applicable requirements and possible consequences for failing to adhere to requirement.

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